Many online have never seen a black fetus depicted, and now express your surprise after finding one

It’s no secret that people with darker skin are less often depicted in images than people with lighter skin, whether it’s in commercials or in the colors of makeup products, but people didn’t realize that black people are misrepresented in medical images. very.

Light skinned people are represented by default in medical plans and pictures and not many people question this. However, Chidibere Ibe, an aspiring neurosurgeon, sees this as a problem, so he decided to fill the gap himself. Recently, his depiction of a fetus went viral and people got a shocking realization that this was the first time they were portraying a black baby.


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An illustration by medical student Chidibere Ibe went viral for many, marking the first time he had represented a black fetus in a medical scheme.

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Chidibere Ibe is a BSc graduate in Chemistry from Uyo University, Nigeria. Now he is a medical student pursuing his dream of becoming a neurosurgeon at Kiev Medical University in Ukraine. He is also a self-taught medical illustrator who, as a black man, observed that there are no images representing people of darker complexion.


bored panda Chidibere contacted eBay and asked why they felt that way. He explained, “It is not ideal for people. People mostly use what they are familiar with and because the illustration mostly started in the west, and they all really knew about white portrayal and because here in Africa medical depiction is a rare field and black people are skillfully No one was open to picture. I would say that neglecting us in this is not a deliberate act, but we should also be included due to lack of experience or knowledge.

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It went viral after another Twitter user, Aliyah, shared the illustration and expressed surprise


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He combined his passion for the arts into his profession and focused on representing black people in them. If you want to see more pictures as Chidibere Ebe, you can click Here to be directed to his website. The illustrator and future medical professional is still learning and constantly trying to improve his knowledge of anatomy and physiology to be precise in his drawings.

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His depiction of a black fetus went viral on Twitter when another the user shared it and said that “I have literally never seen a black fetus illustrated.” The tweet garnered 332k likes and people were joining the thread to applaud the young painter and future medical professional.

Chidibere Ibe revealed that when he realized that people with his skin tone were completely ignored in medical textbooks, “I felt bad, because I never saw those pictures with black people. And there was no reference point for me to fall. Going back and learning and developing is why I decided to close that gap.”

Many others shared this sentiment with Alia that she didn’t even notice that medical depictions depict white people by default.

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Chidibere Ibe, the author of the picture, said the exact same thing.

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Some might think this isn’t a big deal, as the fetus looks the same no matter what color its skin is, but the depiction signifies something else. It recognizes that black people are important too, that they deserve to be represented and see themselves in medical books. Not only this, it is also important from medical point of view.

one in gofundme In the campaign video, the aspiring medic explains, “Textbooks are essential for medical training. They walk medical trainees through situations they will face in the course of their practice. […] This lack of diversity has important implications for medical trainees and their future patients as many conditions and signs appear to be different depending on the patient’s skin color.”

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He points out that black people should be over-represented because certain conditions look different on different skin colors.

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It is really a challenge for him to make these illustrations as he has to figure everything out for himself. He doesn’t have any examples he can see because all the medical pictures depict white people.

This is especially challenging when it comes to skin conditions. in an interview to CTV News, Chidibere Ibe says, “So imagine painting cases of eczema. And black skin with no pictures on it, which made it very difficult for me to work with.”

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And of course, because they are people too and they need to be represented in medical books because having light skin is not the default in real life.

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He continues to share his experience trying to figure everything out himself: “I’m actually a self-taught medical illustrator, so it’s hard for me to learn at first, because there was no material on the Internet where I could really learn from. There were no resources, no YouTube videos. So it made it even more difficult for me.”

The illustrator then went on to say that he never thought his work could be this big and told us which reactions to his work were his favourites: “‘I’ve never seen anything like this in my 60 years of healthcare,’ ‘I feel old again a day,’ ‘I cried seeing this parable,’ ‘My baby wants to talk to you, he loves you.'” He feels really grateful for all the attention because His work is giving color. Chidibere Ide told us, “It really has been a moment of complete humility.”

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Chidibere Ibe is still learning himself as he is a self-taught medical illustrator and medical professional

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Medical racism has a long history. Black people were seen as disposable, because they were not seen as real people and were subject to brutal experiments and exploitation.

The lack of representation in medical textbooks may perpetuate this assumption and if new trainees represented every race, perhaps it could help with their prejudices and prejudices and, of course, diagnosing and treating certain medical conditions. could.

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This is challenging not only because he is only learning, but because there is no material to work with that will already be available, so he is making way

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What do you think about this parable? Are you seeing a black fetus or a black person in general depicted in a medical illustration for the first time? Are you aware of this lack of representation and do you think it is a real problem? Leave your thoughts in the comments!


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