Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The best photo ever taken
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.
Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville,he
performs these special operations while the baby is still in the
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
shows the formation of major organs and other significant evidence of
formation of human life but a few days after conception, Dr.Bruner
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
to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor
the gift of life." Little Samuel's mother said they "wept for days"
they saw the picture. She said, "The photo reminds us my pregnancy
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