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Posted by pinksharkmark ( on December 27, 2001 at 10:17:50:

In Reply to: Hand Of Hope posted by TerryS on December 27, 2001 at 08:52:31:

Another Urban Legend, I'm afraid.

This picture is posed. The baby never reached his hand out of the incision and grasped the finger of the surgeon. A fetus at 21 weeks lacks the capacity to do that.

When this famous picture first made the rounds a few years back there were followups to it a few weeks later explaining just that. The surgeon explained that he had deliberately pulled the arm through the incision (gently, of course) in order to provide himself with a better field of view during a particularly delicate phase of the operation. And the fetus is not actually clasping anything, as you can see by taking a second look... the fingers are just naturally curled, as fingers always are when at rest.

Being a typical man-of-science surgeon type, he was actually quite miffed that the media had misrepresented what was going on.


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