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 could not
survive outside the womb without surgery.
Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, is an
obstetrics nurse in Atlanta She knew of Dr.
Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical
Center in Nashville, he performs these special
operations while the baby is still in the womb.
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
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
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, it is awesome...incredible....and
hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this
Don't tell me God isn't
There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though
is a miracle.
The other is as though
is a miracle.
Submitted by: DT, Troy Michigan