A picture began circulating in November.
In many people's opinion it should be proclaimed as "The Picture of
the Year," or perhaps,"The Picture of the Decade."
It won't be.
In fact, unless you obtained a copy of this e-mail you probably will never see 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 the 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.
In the procedure, a C-section removes the uterus and the doctor makes a
small incision to operate on the baby.
During 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.
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 life...."
You can see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible.