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post #1 of 14
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I was sent this article and an accompanying photo from a friend of mine in Michigan. I have not enclosed the photo as its a bit squeemish and if you dont like watching operations etc, not good. However, if you still want to see what the papers referred to as the hand of hope - email p/m me and I will forward direct to you. Its amazing what happened and it made my wife and I stop and look and think for quite a while.. I quote....

"The 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 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 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.

Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful."

Just cant imagine what that doctor went through in his mind. I hope he had the best christmas ever and I bet he still keeps contact with the parents.
Like I said, the photo is incredible and shows the tiny hand holding on to the person saving his life. Its a bit squeemish but at the same time, its incredible. It was an extremely rare case for a child and for this child, someone was clearly looking over him. Even if you dont see the photo, the article makes one stop and think.
Best wishes
post #2 of 14
I'm waiting for the picture.
It has to be awesome, I know I will cry when I see it.
The idea that something like this would happen is just beyond words for me.
post #3 of 14
I'd love to see it. I so miss seeing babies being born, and during my career was present for the delivery of babies as young in gestation as 14 weeks, many 24-28 weekers.

This surgeon is indeed helping to provide miracles, how wonderful!
post #4 of 14
I've seen this before.......it is remarkable!! I cried the 1st time and I teared up this time too.

They should use this photo as a poster for irresponsible people. I bet it would make people think twice before making a permanent decision.

I think you know what I'm getting at but if I go depth with it, it should be in the IMO section.

This doctor has a special place waiting for him!
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
If one of you gives me your email address - I will send it direct - its up to you if you then want to go and post it as I cant do it as always mess it up - feel free. I dont want the moderators killing me for the piccie as its a bit squeamish. Gimme a shout on kevin.moseley1@ntlworld.com asap. I do agree though with what you both say.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
emailed you both a few seconds ago, you know the more I look at it, one cannot help but get choked. Incredible. I bet a couple of months later, that doc can still feel that hand.
post #7 of 14
Originally Posted by kev
emailed you both a few seconds ago, you know the more I look at it, one cannot help but get choked. Incredible. I bet a couple of months later, that doc can still feel that hand.
Got it, thank you...both dh and I found it an awesome photo
post #8 of 14

#1 photo of the century!
post #9 of 14
I've seen that picture before... we talked about it in my Morality class in high school as an example that fetuses aren't just blobs that can easily be gotten rid of, that they can feel and move and grab. It was a debate about abortion, which obviously we don't want to get into here, but I found that picture very moving.
post #10 of 14
I believe it was in this months issue of ePregnancy here in the US. It's really incredible what they can do now.
post #11 of 14
I think the baby in the picture is now 5... I found an article from Oct. 2003 and there's a picture of him at 4 years old, looking as healthy and adorable as can be!
post #12 of 14
I looked baby Samuel up on google and found the picture. Truly AMAZING.
post #13 of 14
Ilooked it up too! wow that is so cute!
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