Are you alarmed by the sight of this rosy-cheeked baby, immobilized in some sort of scary-looking contraption? What on earth could this terrible device be used for? Torture? Cruel experiments? Human sacrifice? Or worse?!
This photo of a baby stuffed in a plastic tube had many netizens abuzz when it was posted on Reddit by user Bretstar, a former hospital worker.
What could this bizarre apparatus have been used for? What became of this helpless infant? Was he alright?
Well, apparently, this device is not some instrument of torture for misbehaved toddlers, according to Bretstar.
“I worked as a floor guy buffing and scrubbing at a hospital and every time I got to X-ray and radiology I always saw this machine sitting in the hallway and had to move it. I never once saw the X-ray tech grab it,” he wrote.
Well, that’s a relief! Then, what is this weird apparatus actually used for?
According to the manufacturer of the device, which is called a “Pigg-O-Stat,” it is an “all-in-one pediatric immobilization device designed for positioning infants and young children for an appropriate X-ray without significant complications,” they explained on their website.
“The Pigg-O-Stat safely secures the child and allows the X-ray technician to be brief and efficient while the child remains immobilized,” wrote the maker.
It has been used by pediatricians and medical professionals around the world since the 1960s!
The tot trapped in the test tube was apparently just having his X-ray taken.
“My daughter was in one of those when she was just turning two. She’s usually going to cry about anything out of the ordinary but not not this, for some reason,” one Reddit user wrote.
Another commented: “It’s called a Piggostat. I use one every time I do a chest X-ray on a baby. Its use is to immobilize the child so that they don’t wiggle around. It might look scary, but it saves me from repeating my images and excess radiation.”
While some netizens may have been relieved to hear this, one Reddit user started imagining creative ways to use this somewhat “scary” photo!
“I’m totally saving this picture for when my 8-year-old asks me where babies come from and how they get in the mom’s belly, ‘See, sweetie, the doctors load the baby into the hopper on top, and this machine compresses the baby, and using high pressure, inserts it into the belly of the mom-to-be,’” she commented.