This picture of a 21-week fetus hand reaching up through an incision in
its mother's uterus to grab the finger of the surgeon who had just
performed a life-saving procedure appeared in the November 16 edition of The
It should be "The Picture of the Year," or
perhaps, "The Picture of the Decade."
The 21-week-old unborn baby is named Samuel Alexander
Armas, and 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
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
The text explaining the picture begins, "The tiny
hand of 21-week-old foetus 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."
That picture should be shown on every television
newscast and run in every newspaper in America. It is a graphic reminder
that growing in the womb of his or her mother is a baby. It is not a
"glob of tissue," or "product of conception." That
pre-born baby is a human being with all the emotions, will and personality
of any human being. That picture says it in a way that a thousand words
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 illness, it's about a little
person." That's what it's always been about. That's what the liberal
elite have tried to get us to forget. May this image jog our memories so
that we will never forget.