|It should be "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, Picture of the
It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which
published it, 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 a C-section and
makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed
the surgery on little Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully
developed, hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's
In a Time Europe article highlighting new pregnancy imagery that shows
the formation of major organs and other significant evidence of the formation of human life
Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most
emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure
he was just frozen, totally immobile.
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 disability or an illness, it's about a little person."
Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 per cent successful.
Now see the actual picture....
And hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this one!
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