Unbelievable story behind the famous “Hand of Hope” photo!

In 1999, this photograph became breaking news across the world. In this picture a 21-week fetus puts his hand out of the mother’s uterus during a complicated operation and touches the surgeon’s finger. We decided to find out what has become of this baby by now.


During an ultrasonography Julie Armas, a pregnant woman from the USA, discovered that her baby had spina bifida, a defect that would never let the child walk or even sit. The fetus was then only 14 weeks old.

7 weeks later it was decided to perform a surgery in order to eliminate the terrible defect right in the mother’s uterus. Surgical team of Vanderbilt University in Nashville agreed to carry out this serious and difficult operation.

The risky surgery was going well when suddenly the fetus extended his tiny hand out of the intersection in the uterus and grasped the doctor by the finger as if asking for help. This unique and wonderful moment was captured by the photojournalist Michael Clancy who was taking photographs of the operation.

On December 2, 1999 Samuel Armas was successfully born. Thanks to the surgery the boy got a lucky chance to live normal and active life. This is how the boy looked at the age of 4 and 12:

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183 Comments
Eleuteria Edwards
An amazing and touching story.an impossible miracle can happened.with the help of scientific method.and great knowledge of many surgeons.
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May 26, 2016 10:10PM
Jan Griffin
.......because life matters..........
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May 26, 2016 11:06PM
Chuck Mihlbauer
Chuck Mihlbauer
Anyone who even considers that a fetus is not a living person is under-informed and even in denial. Basic science proves this fact, but for some reason, if a Christian states the simple truth, many want to change the obvious.
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May 27, 2016 1:40PM
Chuck Mihlbauer
Chuck Mihlbauer
Anyone who even considers that a fetus is not a living person is under-informed and even in denial. Basic science proves this fact, but for some reason, if a Christian states the simple truth, many want to change the obvious. These babies are a blessing and a gift from God.
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May 27, 2016 1:44PM
LAURAWITHSEERS
MADE ME CRY. TOUCHING STORY.MIRACLE FOR SURE.
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May 27, 2016 5:13PM
Danny More
Danny More
Miracles still happen.. This is one...
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May 28, 2016 8:52PM
DHL
DHL
Beautiful♡
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May 29, 2016 8:21PM
Judy Haluka
Kind of like when non Christians state the scientifically proven regarding evolution and creationism....you know the under-informed views. They insist on changing the obvious and telling me the dinosaur missed the ark.
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May 29, 2016 8:30PM
Debbie Shackelford Hurley
Powerful story, love this!
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May 29, 2016 8:35PM
Vanessa Martin
I remember that picture and thanks for showing us how the baby turned out to be a handsome young man!!
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May 29, 2016 8:46PM
Babs Grieshaber
Nice to know the life story has a beautiful face and such a positive outcome.
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May 29, 2016 8:46PM
Rose Newsome
Amazing story hope that it's a true one
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May 29, 2016 8:50PM
Danny More
Danny More
This again shows you. The good Lord is very much here with us..
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May 29, 2016 8:51PM
James Cornett
James Cornett
Incredible Story, Great Technological Skill, and Proof that God Exists.
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May 29, 2016 8:52PM
Rowena Martinez
Wow, what a miracle! God bless you Samuel Aramas and all the medical team!
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May 29, 2016 8:52PM

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