A picture began circulating in November. It should be "The Picture of
the Year," or perhaps, "Picture of the Decade." It won't be. In fact,
unless you obtained a copy of the paper, you probably will never see it.
The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel
Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by a surgeon named Joseph Bruner.
The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if
removed from his mother's Womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an
obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable
surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in
Nashville, he performs These special operations while the
baby is still in the womb.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and
makes a small incision to operate on the baby.
During the surgery on little Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny,
but fully developed, hand through the incision and firmly grasped the
The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The
editors titled the picture, "Hand of Hope." The text explaining the
picture begins, "The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas
emerges from the mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner
as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life."
Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days" when they saw the
picture. She said, "The photo reminds us my pregnancy isn't about
an llness, it's about a little person." "The Hand" of the fetus.
You can see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible. And
hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this one.
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