|6:46 a.m. - Dr. Ayman Mohamed injects a local anesthesia into
Tim's scalp at the point where the screws for the halo will attach
to his skull.
This was the photo I knew I
had to have, and the moment Tim dreaded. Whenever he talked about
it, you could see that he was terribly afraid of the halo: a
device which holds surgical instruments in precise positions
and is screwed directly into the skull. It does what it was designed
to do but looks like a holdover from the Inquisition. As I was
editing the photos and trying to decide the layout, reporters
kept coming by to see how I was progressing and this photo always
got a very strong reaction. I made a point to ask each which
photo they thought should be the lead and most said anything
but this one...which only confirmed my decision to use it as
the centerpiece. We ran it huge; almost 14" across a double-truck.