Thursday, March 19, 2009

Unborn baby grabs surgeon's hand!

Penny sent me this:

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 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. 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!


Nicky said...

Hi Gabrielle, how are you ? thanks for this post. It is indeed a wonderful picture. I find it amazing and it's worth sharing!
Have a blessed end of week. Nicky

sherri said...

Gabrielle, that was my brother's church, COmmunity of Faith, in Marion Illinois , that paid over $50,000 to have that photo printed in USA Today! Actually, they ran it twice, I think the first run was even more.

Get this, the editor's first saif "the nature of the photo is too graphic to print".

SOmehow, they convinced them to run it. (money talks).

They are a church with a big Pro-life message, but in a positve way,
They help lots of mothers who would otherwise be aborting their children.

Powerful photo, huh.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Hi Nicky! You have a blessed week too!

Sherri - it's true that sometimes Christians just need money to get the job done. Wow - small world.

It's an awesome photo!

Thank Penny for that.

Jazinta said...

Oh my gosh that is the most cutest and amzing thing that I have ever seen it makes me wanna cry that just goes to show how an unborn life is precious and we should never take it for granted!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

it was amazing...very touching...

Anonymous said...

um, this image is a show from a show called 'House', i'm quite you've all heard about it....beautiful, nonetheless.....

Anonymous said...

No it's not from house. read the article. There was an episode based on this picture.