In the absolute center of the photo
above is a tiny hand reaching thru a mother's uterus.
The tiny hand is holding onto a doctor's finger. What
looks like blood and gore are the mom's innards. The
photo and an accompanying news piece were online at Irish
Independent Newspaper Online on Nov. 21, 1999.
The piece seemed to credit Paul Harris as the
reporter. However, it also said that Robert Davis
reported on the operation for USA Today. The
words below are snippets and paraphrases from the
piece at Irish Independent Newspaper Online:
The tiny hand of a fetus [Latin for
"baby"] reaches out from a mother's womb to
clasp a surgeon's healing finger. The fetus is at 21
weeks gestation. The tiny hand in the picture belongs to
a baby due to be born Dec. 28, 1999. The picture was
taken during surgery performed on the fetus to help
control the effects of spina bifida. The hope is that the
surgery will save the baby from serious brain damage. The
surgery was carried out entirely through the tiny slit
visible in the wall of the mother's uterus.
The fetus is a boy, Samuel Alexander Armas. The spina
bifida left part of his spinal cord exposed. The
operation was to close the gap and protect the cord. The
surgery was done without removing Samuel from his mom's
uterus. The parents are Julie and Alex Armas of Georgia.
The surgeon whose finger is in the photo is Dr. Joseph
Bruner. He is connected with Vanderbilt University in
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Alice Marie Beard