A couple were left stunned when an MRI scan appeared to show their unborn son looks exactly like an angry Martian from Tim Burton cult classic "Mars Attacks!"
Laura Thomas and her partner Matthew Tansley told Caters they "burst out laughing" when they spotted the uncanny resemblance their little Lucas Tansley had to one of the film’s aliens.
Lucas' scan made him look like he was glaring at the camera with the outline of his brain clearly visible – just like one of the creatures from the b-movie homage.
The image provided much-needed light relief to the couple after concerned doctors discovered excess fluid on Lucas’ brain and carried out the scan in February 2017.
Laura, 26, is only now sharing the hilarious scan pic after doctors gave the 11-month-old a clean bill of health.
"At the time it was such a nerve-wracking experience," the full-time mother from Manchester said. "I was so relieved when the consultant looked at the scan and said everything looked OK,. “Then when we saw the picture I thought to myself ‘he doesn’t look too happy’ and burst out laughing."
Laura said Lucas' dad "straight away said he looked like a Martian from Mars Attacks!...The googly eyes and his brain."
Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American sci-fi comedy based on the trading card series which sees Martians invade earth, starting with Washington DC.
Laura, a mother of three, had multiple tests done because she is at high risk for pre-eclampsia.
“The consultant did warn me that the images would be a lot different to a standard 2D scan, but I didn’t expect him to look like that," Laura recalled. “I think I expected a really clear picture of him so when I saw the scan it was a bit of a shock at first, but so funny."
Fast forward to April of last year when Lucas was born, weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces and in good health.
“Now we know he’s absolutely fine we just want to make everyone else laugh," she said.
Laura said that she and her mechanic partner Matthew, 28, find Lucas to be a generally cheerful child.
"Lucas is such a happy, beautiful little boy," she said. "We absolutely adore him and everyone who meets him falls in love with him. However, he can have a bad temper. If someone annoys him, for example, if he reaches for something and he’s not allowed it, he can get in a bad mood and growl in a temper — we get a flash of what we saw in the scan."