Wednesday, December 05, 2007

For those who haven't seen this, I want to share it. I've heard of this procedure being done, but never actually saw a photo of it. Thanks to my dad for sharing the photo. This should give any pro-abortionist something to think about. In many states, it is legal to abort a 21 week fetus. Here is the background to photo:

One of the most amazing photographs that you’ll ever see — is this picture of Samuel, a 21-week old baby boy, whose tiny hand reaches out of the womb and grabs the finger of the surgeon who was operating on him, as if to say, "Thanks doc, you did a wonderful job." It should be seen by the whole world.

It happened when Dr. Joseph P. Bruner, director of fetal diagnosis and treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center was performing a cutting edge procedure on a 21 week old fetus.
Bruner and Samuel’s parents hope the surgery will alleviate the effects of spina bifida, a disabling birth defect in one or two of every 1,000 babies born.

During the procedure, surgeons remove the uterus from the mother, drain the amniotic fluid, perform surgery on the tiny fetus, then put the uterus back inside the mother. The procedure took about an hour. Baby Samuel was carried to term and born in good health, an apparent success story for this incredible cutting edge procedure.

For more about the photo, here is an excerpt from the photographer Michael Clancy, a freelance photographer who was employed by USA Today at the time.


Anonymous said...

The Mysteries of Life & Death!

Some Religions Value Life, others callously seek to destroy it with
suicidal doctrines.

Positive & Negative, Ying & yang;
Statesmen, and Political Hacks; Patriots & Traitors; Power Corrupts! This is the History of Man's Good & Evil Nature. reb

Anonymous said...

Great photo, John, and I agree with its message. But the "reaches out" part caused me to become a little skeptical.

Check this:

John Washburn said...

Dean, what Clancy said was that the hand "emerges" from the womb. There was no "reach out". To be fair, I intended to include the "emerges" description in the post, not the "reaches out" depiction. I too did not buy that as accurate, understanding the basics of anesthesia, especially during delicate neurosurgery. In my copy&paste haste, I pasted the wrong description (and there are literally dozens of depictions about this photo, which is why I went straight to the photographers web page for the most accurate).

The hand "emerged" from the wound, or more accurately fell out. The point I was hoping to emphasize was that it was a HAND that emerged. Or, more accurately, a HUMAN HAND and not some lifeless lump of tissue, as many claim a 21 week fetus to be.

Granted, people have added their own description of events, and their inaccuracy detracts from the miracle that is captured in that photograph...begging the question, why the need to fictionalize anything about this?

This photo is incredible, whether or not the hand emerged or reached out (of course, a hand reaching out would have caused absolute chaos in the OR, certainly a big story then).

With that being said, I'll leave the post as originally written, provided people read my explanation before claiming this to be a hoax. But I thank you for your acute awareness. I missed it even in the proof read. Oh well, I guess I am fallible after all.