Skip to comments.Ten Years Later, Boy's 'Hand of Hope' Continues to Spark Debate [Samuel Armas update]
Posted on 05/06/2009 2:18:24 PM PDT by rhemaEdited on 05/06/2009 3:29:02 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Nearly 10 years after a stunning photograph of his tiny hand traveled the world, Samuel Armas has a firm grip on what "The Hand of Hope" means to him.
"When I see that picture, the first thing I think of is how special and lucky I am to have God use me that way," Samuel told FOXNews.com. "I feel very thankful that I was in that picture."
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There is no shortage of liberals who will spit on the ground and despise this lovely boy for entertaining that thought.
Made possible by the Hand of God.
If I remember correctly, a dispute over this photo was the primary reason for Matt Drudge’s departure from Fox News.
What a great kid. I love his optimism and his spirit. I’m glad to know he’s proud of that picture...he’s right. It probably did convince many, many mothers against abortion.
It won’t make that much of a difference. Millions of pro-choicers are complete sociopaths. One cannot expect human empathy from the inhuman.
Hopefully a dozen or so.
Awesome story....Awesome Kid....Obama would have killed him.
I wish they would have reposted the picture to go with the story.
That’s absolutely correct. He quit b/c Fox wouldn’t let him show the picture.
They did. There’s a selection of photos, and that’s the second. You just have to click on them.
Thanks so much for the update pix of little Sammy!
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Dr. Bruner was my son’s doc as well. Son was born at 27 weeks, 2lb 3oz. He turns 10 this month as well as Samuel.
Special boys, both.
See #18. Thanks for posting this!
Bravo for Samuel. Bravo. A great testament.
..She's bright, gorgeous and adorable....all caught up in size & abilities.
It's amazing. I remember I posted that pic a few times.
Thanks for this post, Rhema. It has made my day!!
May God help us on this National Day of Prayer to turn this country back to a nation that respects and protects every human life from conception to natural death.
IIRC he DID, in fact, show the pic...
I don’t know; I just know he either quit or got fired b/c of that picture. Good on him if he did.
Yup. I know of some people online who wouldn’t use his name, Samuel, but would call him either “the walking abortion” or “the botched abortion” because he should have been killed so his mother wouldn’t have had to go through that operation, yada yada yada—God must cry a neverending river of tears for all the babies humanity has destroyed without a second thought (no, I don’t buy that argument that every woman who undergoes an abortion ‘struggles emotionally’ with it, bah!).
I am so glad this child survived, and it sounds like his parents are raising him to be God-fearing—who knows what the future holds for Samuel? Maybe someday he’ll be one of the people who puts an end to Roe v. Wade!
I haven’t been posting much lately, but I have been lurkin a bit.
Not sure if i’m correct here, but it seems the pro-life threads are getting fewer responses than ever before.
Bravo for this fine young man. And for his parents and the doctor who performed that procedure while he was in the womb. God works wonders on a daily basis and young Samuel is living proof of it!
How does sourcing something from Fox News translate into an LA Times article? I’m baffled.
Dr. Joseph P. Bruner
Dr. Joseph P. Bruner, director of the Vanderbilt fetal diagnosis and therapy program, indicated the photo has less significance for him.
Apparently fetal surgeons agree that their patients feel pain since anesthesia is given to both the mother and her child, although Bruner, who has performed 80 in utero spina bifida operations, continues to abort fetuses with the disease at the woman's request -- "an increasingly difficult position to be in," the doctor has said. "Because we are performing surgery to improve the lifestyle of fetuses who have spina bifida, it is difficult to justify an operation that could also take that life away," he said. "As we walk through this mine field, society is going to have to take a good, hard look at itself, because it is untenable to hold both views."
Bruner has estimated that about half of women in the United States who discover they are carrying a fetus with spina bifida choose abortion.
Samuel Armas, the infant whose in utero surgery made history after a photo of the pre-born baby grasping the finger of his surgeon through an opening in Mrs. Armas' uterus energized pro-life groups and led to Matt Drudge's departure from Fox News, was born without fanfare.
Journalist Matt Drudge, author of the Drudge Report, attempted to use Baby Samuel's famous photo on his Fox News Network television show, but was forbidden to do so by network management.
"He was using this photo [also seen in] the National Enquirer as a jumping-off point to talk about partial-birth abortion," said Fox News spokesman Brian Lewis. "It was a picture of an emergency operation for spina bifida. We thought it was a blatant misrepresentation. It was a straight editorial decision."
WorldNetDaily columnist and Associate Editor Elizabeth Farah cautioned the network about its reason for censoring the picture.
"Would you have allowed Matt to make his point by displaying a picture of a different pre-birth child -- this one a victim of abortion?" she asked.
"If memory serves, no picture of an aborted baby's body or video has ever been seen in an establishment paper or on an establishment network," Farah continued. "The word censorship comes to mind."
Why Fox censored Drudge
Samuel Armas and his younger brother Zachary, both with spina bifida
Julie and Alex Armas, pictured with their oldest sons, Samuel and Ethan, refused to consider abortion when Samuel and their third son, Zachary, were diagnosed with spina bifida before their birth.
Michael Clancy, the photographer who snapped the photo in 1999 of Baby Samuel Armas reaching out of his mother’s uterus to hold the finger of his surgeon, attended a pregnancy care center banquet last month, where he and Samuel’s mother Julie spoke.
Wrote Michael in an email to me, “It was a God moment when at the end of her presentation, Samuel, at seven years old, climbed the stairs and took his place beside her at the podium. A standing ovation ensued and it was one of several times that night I more than teared up, I cried.”
Here is a photo of Samuel and Michael, taken in March 2007.