I don't how many people have seen this photo or the story with it, but I thought I'd post it here....
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 will never see it. The picture is
that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who isbeing 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.
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 finger. In a Time Europe article highlighting new pregnancy imagery that show the formation of major organs and other significant evidence of the formation of human life but a the moment he 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 it is awesome...incredible.
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07-10-2003, 04:39 AM #1
07-10-2003, 04:47 AM #2
I just noticed that the post above was my 1000th post!
07-10-2003, 07:01 AM #3
And that equals 1 1 !
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07-10-2003, 07:27 AM #4
Awesome photo!! Thanks for sharing it with us lutan1!!
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07-10-2003, 07:30 AM #5
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Fantastic photo! It kind of gives lie to the folks who claim life does not start until the moment of birth. Thats the law in Canada at least. Perhaps that photo may change a few minds but I doubt it. Thanks for sharing it with us
07-10-2003, 09:05 AM #6
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AWESOME, AWESOME picture and story!! Thanks for sharing this, lutan!!Omnis Cedo Domus
07-10-2003, 03:34 PM #7
WOW! ive heard a few times that life doesnt start until the moment of birth. that is such an awesome photo.congrats on 1000 lutan!
07-10-2003, 09:42 PM #8
WOW !!!!!!!! what a great story and pic! HI JAY ! congrats on 1000th post !IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
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07-10-2003, 11:10 PM #9
Absolutely incredible. Thanks lutan for the up-lift.BE SAFE
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