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baby grabs surgeon
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6/2/2008 - edited for website viewing)
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
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
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....and hey, pass it on. The
world needs to see this one!
tell me our God isn't an awesome God!!!!!
things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever
things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these
things." Phil. 4:8
Norman P. Schneller
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