Saturday, February 21, 2009

21-week-old baby in his mother's womb

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 in the womb with spina bifida.

Little Samuel's mother, Julie Armas, an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta, knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable surgical procedures. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Dr. Bruner performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby.

Little Samuel's hand flopped out of the womb and the photo shows Dr. Bruner gently lifting the hand to tuck it back into the womb before closing the incision.

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.'

I found this photo and surgery to be a beautiful and hopeful antithesis to the death and destruction of abortion occurring every day. Both are happening at 21 weeks of pregnancy. Can you imagine ripping that tiny hand and baby out of his mother's womb and killing him instead of saving his precious life?! A precious life created and given by God! No, me either.