A picture of a boy born in Hải Phòng last Tuesday has gone viral after the newborn was photographed holding an IUD – an intrauterine device that was supposed to prevent him from being conceived in the first place.
The boy’s mother, 34 years of age and previously a mother of two, had the device inserted into her uterus at a local hospital two years earlier. A 30-mm T-shaped device which stops sperm from fertilising an egg, the IUD is a safe and generally effective method of contraception with a failure rate estimated at less than one per cent. By comparison, the same statistic for male condoms stands at approximately 15 per cent.
Unaware of the odds stacked against him, the boy was born healthy on Tuesday morning and weighed a proud 3.2 kg at birth. During delivery, the IUD came out and the boy grabbed it – at which point a doctor at the hospital took the now-famous photo. Since it was uploaded to the hospital’s social media, the photograph has received thousands of likes, comments and shares.
The mother and child are now awaiting release from the hospital, the boy taking a well-earned breather before he starts living his unintended life.
(Cover photo credits: Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition / Unsplash)