The Baby’s Hand

I don’t ever really forward emails & I don’t always read the “fwd: fwd: fwd:” ones (sorry to all of you who send those to me – I do sometimes read them obviously since I am writing this post) but this one really got to me – the picture & story are so fantastic….So, rather than forward this to everyone’s email account I thought I’d just copy it to this page.

“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 US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.  The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by 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 VanderbiltUniversity Medical Center inNashville, 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.   As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger.   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 pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person.”  Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful.  Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome….incredible.”


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