“Thanks for the gift of life!”
21-week-old unborn baby Samuel Alexander Armas is being operated on by surgeon
Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive
if removed from his 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.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small
incision to operate on the baby.
As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully
developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger. Dr. Bruner was
reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of
his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile.
Little 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...
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