Brave Dagenham six-year-old receives award after eye removal

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 June 2015

Six-year-old Kayla Moore with her mum Billy

Six-year-old Kayla Moore with her mum Billy


A brave six-year-old girl who had to have one of her eyes removed has been praised by a children’s cancer trust.

Kayla in hospitalKayla in hospital

Kayla Moore was like every other little girl her age until she began complaining about not being able to see properly out of her left eye in May 2014.

When her brother Dray, 17, saw a white “glassy” coating on the surface of her eyeball, mum Billy took her to local opticians, Care Optics, in Gale Street, Dagenham, who immediately referred her to Queen’s Hospital.

After further tests she was diagnosed with advanced retinoblastoma – a cancer which affects the retina of children predominantly under six years old – and the eye had to be removed to save her life.

Although she has now been given the all-clear, doctors continue to monitor her progress on a regular basis.

Despite everything she rarely complains and is determined to live life to the full.

In recognition of her outstanding efforts and bravery Kayla, of Parsloes Avenue, has been named a CHECT Champion by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT).

“Kayla has been so strong right since she was first diagnosed, coping exceptionally well with everything that has been thrown as her,” said Billy.

“She never cries and instead keeps everyone smiling and happy with her sense of humour.

“When other children at school tease her or ask her questions, Kayla just explains to them maturely what happened to her.

“In fact she’s become much more confident over the past year and is really flourishing at school. “We are all so proud of her and I am privileged to call her my daughter.”

Six weeks after the operation, a replica glass eye was made up for Kayla and the Valence Primary pupil, who enjoys maths and dancing, enjoys showing off her newest facial addition.

“I got a brand new eye with a big pupil,” she said.

“I like it – it’s got a nice colour round it”

Unlike her regular eye, Kayla has to take her glass replica out each night with a specially-made plunger.

“The first time it was awful, she didn’t want to do it at all and we almost had to pin her down,” added Billy. “Now she’s absolutely fine with it.”

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