A medical student’s amazing illustration of an unborn black baby is capturing attention and praise from people all over the internet.
Chidiebere Sunday Ibe, a 25-year-old medical student from Nigeria, began creating illustrations of black patients when he noticed how few medical images depict them, according to the Huffington Post.
Ibe, who is studying to become a neurosurgeon at Kyiv Medical University in Ukraine, posts his illustrations on Twitter and TikTok. One of his recent creations, an image of an unborn black baby curled up in its mothers womb, went viral.
“This image was created like every other image. I never expected it to be viral,” he told the Huffington Post. “The whole purpose was to keep talking about what I’m passionate about – equity in healthcare – and also to show the beauty of black people. … it feels good that the message is out and it will challenge current systems.”
He said he hopes his illustrations inspire others to create images that represent and honor people’s diversity.
“We don’t only need more representation like this, we need more people willing to create representation like this. This would help make such images more accepted,” Ibe said.
Whether he intended it to be or not, Ibe’s image also highlights the humanity of unborn black babies who are disproportionately targeted for abortions.
While abortions hurt families of every race and color, black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. Census data indicates that African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population, but they have nearly 40 percent of all abortions. And New York City health statistics show that more African American babies are aborted in the city than are born most years.
Ibe’s image is a beautiful reminder of the value of these babies’ lives.