Sunday, July 26, 2009

Rare Picture!

Sent to me today, I just had to share with one and all! Absolutely incredible!!! Another reason to Praise God!

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 n 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!

Don't tell me our God isn't an awesome God!!!!!


Thanks be to God!!!

EDITORIAL COMMENT: This article and picture was the subject of a Snope search. All of the above did, indeed, happen except apparently the fetus reaching for and grasping the surgeon's hand. Of course the mother had probably had a spinal or general anesthesia and that, too, would have affected the "baby." I see that this really makes no difference, for if this is all true and the baby was carried to term, delivered and was healthy, in December of 1999, then Samuel will be 10 years old this year. I say again, thanks be to God! Incredible!!!! Cathy


  1. Stunning!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Just so beautiful!! I love this picture - they printed it on pro-life materials here and in some papers but I haven't seen it for a while!

  3. I received this in an e-mail not too long ago and it truly is awe inspiring.

    blessings and hugs,


  4. I had received this in an email from my Aunt also. I thought it was beautiful and miraculous then as I do now.
    The callousness of some people toward the sanctity of life is mind-boggling to say the least. And sad to say, many of those callous hearts are leading our nation today.
    I'll get off my soapbox now.

  5. I don't care if he was grabing the doctors hand or not. It is just totally awsome all the way around. If you ask me, the boys hand had to come out of the incision all by itself because it doesn't look like it could have been pulled out. What a picture......brings tears to my eyes.

  6. It never ceases to amaze me that anyone (abortion activists, for instance) could consider these precious babes anything other than what they are -- the picture just brings it home, doesn't it?


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