fetus 10weeks

44yr old gravid female with previous 6 children, was diagnosed with carcinoma in situ of cervix (early stage cancer of womb). so total removal of uterus( woomb) considered with fetus in situ, for long life of the female.

so abortion was inevitable for future health of the lady.

  • Staci Kennelly 5y

    How hard this must have been for you as a doctor. While my mind understands that she needs to have the best chance of life for her 6 children, my heart breaks for her seventh.
  • janeyoon 4y

    That's really amazing...
  • argyle plaids 4y

    so beautiful, amazing and sad.
    WoW.
  • SaiktT 4y

    surreal... so sad!
  • wonko600rr 4y

    Sad yes, but a necessary sacrifice for the mother to make, so she can hopefully continue to live a long life and look after her 6 children.

    Those saying 'abortion is a crime' have to see the circumstances surrounding it! What is better? 6 children with a mother? or 7 without one?
  • SaiktT 4y

    I commend you for putting this up. And thanks for the ethical explanation. I agree with you... Ethics is a contextual process... a three year degree in ethics would say the same. Generalisations however are tedious.
  • restiform body 4y

    what nobody notices is that the foetus we are looking at has just died, or is dying, from hypoxia. not a very pleasant way to go. i have no issue with the reason the abortion was performed, or the fact that it was, but just wish to point out that entities in situations that make them photographable, and that look pretty and fascinating may be suffering, unbeknownst to us because we can't recognise the signs
  • James Smith 4y

    Pope Ratzinger will condemn to hell the mother, doctor and all who participated in this sad, but necessary surgery. Her other six children will continue to have the love and nurturing of a healthy mother. Perhaps that doesn't matter to the anti-abortion fanatics?

    Those people go to hell, but not the pedophiles he has protected. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy?
  • Stephen Branley 4y

    @Bogdan
    Bogdan Ioan Stanciu
    Yes, I'm not convinced abortion is a crime because, unlike you, I realise that not everything is black and white. Is this abortion a crime? That's what this is - the fetus has been aborted to save the Mother's life (albeit it as a side-effect of having the womb removed) - do we consider this a crime, or is the greater crime to allow the mother to die?
  • Hoxtea 4y

    Without condemning or condoning the situation, this is an incredibly powerful image.

    From a religious point of view, it shows both the simplicity of our beginnings, and the purity of a new soul.

    From a biological point of view, it shows the complexity of developing life, and the genius of nature's design.

    And from a human point of view, it shows just how incredibly reliant on one another we are, and the consequences of choices we are forced to make.
  • dfgdfa 4y

    "Pope Ratzinger will condemn to hell the mother, doctor and all who participated in this sad, but necessary surgery."

    This is not true: According to ethics and Catholic laws, the baby's life was lost "accidentally" in the course of an otherwise morally good action. It is called the Principle of Double Effect: You may not directly kill the baby for the purpose of killing the baby, but you may remove cancer from the mother's body, even if doing so has the known and unavoidable side effect of indirectly killing the baby.
  • dfgdfa 4y

    Drsuparna, can you tell us how soon after removal/disruption of blood supply this picture was taken, and therefore what the likelihood is that the embryo is still alive in this picture?
  • 1978Steph 4y

    Wow what a picture! I am 10 weeks along, and was showing our 5 year old daughter what her sibling may look like right now. This image clearly helped her understand the amniotic sac, which had been a little abstract for her. Thank you for posting.
  • HKateD 3y

    It wasn't truly an abortion as the intent was never to kill the child. This is an incredible photo and terribly sad for you all. Thank you for sharing.
  • -June1- 3y

    @dfgdfa: Thank you. Exactly. The same principle applies to ectopic pregnancies. You may remove the fallopian tube without touching the baby within, even if it means the baby will pass away, if I'm not mistaken. Still an excruciating decision.
  • jlangfeld 3y

    How can I get permission to print this image in an educational publication?
  • syner_genetics 3y

    Bogdan Ioan Stanciu In your logic its worth to risk the of the woman, the fetus, and the loss 6 children their mother to cling to a outmoded ideology? No, abortion is not a crime the crime occurs when women are not given the right to control their bodies, that is the crime.
  • hannbann5678 2y

    syner_genetics well said.
  • Brittany Whaley 2y

    This in itself has nothing to do with all abortion being okay. The mother has cancer in her womb, that is completely different than some chick who goes out partying and gets knocked up due to poor decisions she didn't have to make.. This situation is different.
  • KohalaKendra 1y

    I wish the eyes and hearts of all mankind could see this and consider it thoroughly.
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