After a YouTuber helped her son recreate a cesarean section birth using Play-Doh in honor of his fourth birthday, commenters compared the video to the game Operation. But some were worried that the activity would be harmful.
The mother, whose YouTube handle is The Breakfasteur, is a doctor who uses her channel to teach her children about anatomy and surgery.
In the video uploaded on Saturday, the mother and son duo used Play-Doh and plastic tools to perform the C-section. As the son cuts through each layer of the Play-Doh, his mother explains each part's intended purpose.
At the end of the video, the 4-year-old pulls a Spider-Man plush toy out of the uterus, and his mother helps him cut the "umbilical cord." By Monday, more than 30,000 people had viewed the YouTube video.
The Breakfasteur, who did not immediately respond to the Daily Dot's request for comment, wrote in the video description that her son's recent birthday inspired the video.
"Our little guy just had a birthday (the big 4!)," she wrote in the video's description. "And we reminisced about the eventful, unexpected day he arrived and the flurry of amazing people involved with getting him here safely."
She wrote that her son loves superheroes and that he knows that they come from all different walks of life.
"Heroes are made by using whatever power they have to help others, often at expense of much sacrifice and risk to themselves," she wrote. "To the OB/GYNs and FM/OBs who use their superpowers for their mamas and miracle babies (alongside a team of midwives, L&D staff!) - you are all heroes."
One commenter called the video "absolutely brilliant," and another compared the video to the game Operation.
But some commenters raised concerns about the lesson. One user wrote, "What if the kid tries to cut their own tummy or a friend’s."
Another added, "There is no way to repair this disembodied abdomen, which is part of a human woman. Too much emphasis on the baby. I don't find it cute, it's actually a bit frightening."
Overall, though, The Breakfasteur seemed to receive praise for the creative birthday activity.
One surgeon commented, "You see a sweet parent-child moment, all I see is that parent is hogging the knife. Let the Resident operate!"