I got sent this email from my work colleague, the person you would least expect to send you some emo picture, no offence of course Gazza 😉
Its quite a picture, defintely worth blogging. But there is another motive behind this post. I went to SA Top Sites and looked for the sites getting the most hits. Liverpool FC: Official Site for South African Fans and Supporters of Liverpool FC was on top with an average of 3023.75 unique visitors a day. I get that one, sport, blokes, English Football Premier League, theres a lot of interest. What surprised me though was the website with the second most daily visitors, 2285.75 unique visitors a day, So Close: Life after infertility. With twins. In South Africa. Thats a lot of visitors, viewing a website on life with twins! Pretty random to me, but to thousands of others, quite fascinating apparently.
So getting to the point I hope this photo appeals to you, its to do with babies, miracles, and pregnant ladies. So enjoy it, thousands of you 🙂
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 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 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 a 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 high-lighting new pregnancy imagery that shows the formation of major organs and other significant evidence of the formation of human life 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 my pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person.”
Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 per cent