Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by Spanish_Dave, Jun 20, 2005.

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  1. Spanish_Dave

    Spanish_Dave LE Good Egg (charities)

    READ THIS FIRST (then check out the foto)
    Handshake -

    It should be "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, Picture of the
    It won't be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which
    published it, you probably will never see it. It is that of a
    unborn baby named Samuel Alexander, who is being operated
    on by a surgeon named Joseph Bruner.

    The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive removed
    his mother's womb. Little Samuel's mother, Julie Alexander, is an
    obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner's remarkable
    procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in
    he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the

    During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via a C-section and
    makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed
    surgery on little Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully
    developed, hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's

    In a Time Europe article highlighting new pregnancy imagery that shows
    formation of major organs and other significant evidence of the
    formation of
    human life 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. The
    photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The
    titled the picture, "Hand of Hope."

    The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander emerges from the
    mother's uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking
    doctor for the gift of life." Little Samuel's mother said they "wept
    days" when they saw the picture. She said, "The photo reminds us my
    pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little
    Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 per cent
    Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible.

  2. You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
  3. Couldn't see the picture but the text alone raises a lot of issues.
  4. Alas, Snopes has featured this one too...
  5. Thanks Stickybomb, that gives, as I suspected, a less romantic but more realistic aspect. Absolutely no disrespect meant to you EXBQMS but projecting our adult thoughts experiences and expectations onto an instinctive hand movement is (very) distantly akin to thinking that a dog understands the word 'sit'.
  6. As it's been debunked , and not news .

    Into the Int.Cell it goes :D