Father Randy’s quick camerawork ensured that the world would believe the couple. The photo clearly shows that a small baby hand is holding the surgeon’s larger hand. After mother Alicia posted the photo on the internet, it quickly traveled all over the world. For a long time, Alicia had doubts about posting the photo on social media, afraid that the world would find the photo too “violent” or unpleasant.
A similar photo surfaced in 2003. The photo showed a 21-week-old baby with the rare condition Spina Bifida, who grabbed the surgeon’s hand. However, it later turned out that the baby could definitely not have grasped the surgeon’s hand; the baby was under general anesthesia. The hand accidentally popped out of the wound as the surgeon tried to close the incision.
Whether little Nevaeh really took Dr. Sawyer’s hand or whether this was an “accident” we will never know. In any case, it’s a beautiful and special photo.