An image of a newborn baby holding an intrauterine device (IUD) set social media alight on Thursday evening.
The tiny baby was photographed holding his mother’s “failed contraceptive” and users shared the shocking image over a thousand times, causing quite a stir across the globe.
His mother uploaded the snap with the caption, “Mirena fail!”.
The product was produced by Mirena.
Many questioned how this was even possible or if the snap was real or not.
But the mother of the newborn, Lucy Hellein, revealed that she never said that her child was born with the IUD in his hand.
In fact, she said that doctors were unable to locate the device and that it stayed in her uterus throughout her pregnancy.
The device was removed during her c-section.
Hellein told First Coast News that after doctors discovered the IUD, it was “placed in the hand of her son as a sort of tongue-in-cheek nod to conceiving while having an IUD in.”
An OBGYN, Dr. Leena Nathan, said that despite the fact that the image caused a stir, it would be impossible for the baby to be born holding the device.
The IUD cannot enter the amniotic sac, the bag filled with fluid inside the womb and also where the baby lays throughout the nine months.