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The most awesome picture
in the history of the world!
"Hanging on for Life"
Photos © Michael
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Photos © Michael
on the image to see an enlarged view
The above is
one of the most amazing photographs that you'll ever
see. It's a picture of Samuel, a 21 week old baby
boy, whose tiny hand reaches out of the womb and
grabs the finger of the surgeon who was operating on
him, as if to say, "thanks doc, you did a
should be seen by the WHOLE WORLD.
when Dr. Joseph P. Bruner, director of fetal
diagnosis and treatment at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center was performing a cutting edge
procedure on a 21 week old fetus. Bruner and Samuel's
parents hope the surgery will alleviate the effects
of spina bifida, a disabling birth defect in one or
two of every 1,000 babies born.
parents could have legally chosen abortion because
their son has a 'defect.' Instead, they chose life!
May God bless them and keep them close to His heart
I received a message today (12/14/99) that
Samuel's picture has saved a baby from abortion!
A woman in a crisis center sent me this message:
you for posting this. I will run them out later today
to show a woman who was planning abortion,
but now is having the child, in part, I think to the
willingness of others to speak about life options,
and for that little hand reaching out of the womb.
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Samuel has arrived!
Dear Friends and Family,
arrived on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6:25 pm at Northside
Hospital weighing 5 lbs 11 oz and 20 1/2 " long.
He was born at 36 weeks but came into the world
screaming his head off! He did not have to spend any
time in a neonatal unit and came home with us on
Monday, Dec. 6. After viewing an ultrasound of
his brain, Samuel's neurosurgeon was very optimistic
as he does not have any hydrocephalus and the brain
malformation has resolved. He is moving his legs very
well from the hips and some from the knees. He was
frank breech (folded in half) in the womb and the
orthopedist feels that he has a good chance for
walking. He will begin physical therapy next week in
order to work out some of the stiffness in his legs
that was a result of his being folded in half in the
womb. He is also nursing very well.
Thank you all for your prayers and
support. We are happier than we ever dreamed
All our love,
Julie, Alex and Samuel Armas
Here are some links to the news
Only one still has the story on their website.
Hand Reaches Out Of The Womb
(Chilean News in Spanish)
Tercera (in Spanish)
IVOTA (in Slovak)
RÚK - POKRACOVANIE (in Slovak)