Peoria, Arizona — A photo showing an unborn baby grasping the finger of the doctor performing a c-section on her mother has gone viral.
In October, Alicia Atkins gave birth to a baby girl named Neveah at a hospital in the Phoenix area. Her husband Randy was in the room with a camera ready to take pictures of the special moment.
However, the two never realized that this birth would be particularly amazing. As Dr. Allan Sawyer made the incision and was about to deliver the baby, little Neveah reached out of the womb and grasped the doctor’s finger.
“[The] doctor called me over and said, ‘Hey, she’s grabbing my finger!’ So, I ran over and grabbed the shot,” Randy Atkins told reporters. “I was in awe looking at it. It was an amazing picture.”
Later, Alicia decided to give Dr. Sawyer a canvas print of the moment.
“He knew the next day it was all he could talk about for weeks,” she said. “It was such a miracle of life.”
At first, the Atkins’ weren’t sure about sharing the photograph with others.
“We didn’t think we were going to get such positive feedback. We thought we would get more negative [comments, such as] ‘that’s disgusting,’” Alicia said.
But, when Atkins uploaded the photo to Facebook near the end of December, it went viral.
“This was 10 weeks ago when I was having my c-section, and Dr. Sawyer broke my water and [my] daughter reached up out of my stomach and grabbed the Dr.’s finger, and my hubby caught this special moment,” Alicia, a photographer, wrote on her company’s Facebook page. “Truly amazing. I am in awe of this photo. Something to remember forever.”
She also typed a message to Dr. Sawyer.
“Thank you for helping me deliver three of the most amazing wonderful gifts I could ever ask for,” Alica wrote. “A couple of miracle children. You are truly an amazing doctor and [I] couldn’t ask for a better one.”
Within a week, the photograph had generated over 30,000 views.
“Everybody just thought it was the best thing in the world,” Alicia said.
She wrote on her Facebook page this week that she has been overwhelmed by the media attention that she has received over the photograph.
“We have had a unimaginable amount of publicity, and the photo has been shown in South Africa, England, Canada, Chile and so many more,” Atkins outlined. “It’s been overwhelming to say the least, but we are thankful to the most. I, again, want to thank you all for your support, comments and positivity. I also have to thank you all for sharing the the photo as much as you all did and all around the world.”
Neveah — Heaven spelled backwards — is now three months old and is doing well. She joins her two siblings, now making a family of five.
Photo: A Classic Pin Up Photography