Picture Of The Day 1-9-2011 - Granite Grok

Picture Of The Day 1-9-2011

Some pictures come with stories.  Today’s picture of the day has a story.  But as with all stories it appears to have been embellished. So I have edited out the parts that may not be accurate.  I edited them out because the picture is compelling without them, and they would only serve as a distraction. 

It is a picture taken during surgery on a 21 week old fetus.  It is one of dozens of procedures already performed on unborn babies.  Babies who could spend another 19 weeks in the womb before birth.

It is compelling because this is a surgical procedure in the womb to help a baby.  This is not surgery on a lump of tissue.  It is a tiny person.  The picture is it’s own story.

The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by surgeon named Joseph Bruner. The baby was diagnosed with spina bifida and would not survive if removed from his mother’s womb.

Little Samuel’s mother, Julie Armas, is an obstetrics nurse in Atlanta. She knew of Dr. Bruner’s remarkable surgical procedure. Practicing at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, he performs these special operations while the baby is still in the womb.

Picture on the jump…