LIFE Magazine,    TIME Inc.      (Photo:  Lennart Nilsson)

" Christ gave us knowledge  
of the human soul.
We now know that  everyone  
possesses an infinite treasure,
an immortal soul
destined for
eternal happiness."
(Rev. Tihamer Toth)
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                                                                              (LIFE   Magazine)

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. 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 poked  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 life...."

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