Inspirational Christian Story
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 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. Practising at
Vanderbilt University Medical Centre 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. 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, it is awesome....incredible ... and hey, pass it on. The
world needs to see this one!
(Please visit his site to see a slide show of the photo)
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