Picture of the Decade

"Hand of Hope."


"The Picture of the Decade." 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. 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 is performed to remove the entire uterus and the doctor then makes a small incision in it to operate on the baby. During the surgery on 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 of life." That picture says it in a way that a thousand words cannot. 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." This copyrighted photograph first appeared in USA Today, and was taken by
Michael Clancy who now uses it in a "Right to Life" Ministry. If you wish to obtain copies of the photograh for your Church's Ministry, or to sponsor a billboard with this beautiful photographic example of God's work, just click on Mr. Clancy's name above; it is linked to his website where you may contact him.

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"Hand of Hope."

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