After 16 years, see how the boy who grabbed the doctor's hand inside the uterus
No 2 of December of 1999> , was born the baby Samuel Alexander Armas that already was known by the world like "Hands of the Hope". The reason for this success came on Sept. 7, 1999> , when USA Today released a photograph of Sam popping out of the womb and holding his surgeon's hand, Dr. Joseph Bruner.
At a time when the image was taken on August 19, 1999> , the team of doctors was performing a historical procedure: a surgical intervention in a baby only 21 weeks gestation. The photo was taken by photographer Michael Clancy, who was covering a special commission for the newspaper.
Prior to birth, the baby had been diagnosed with spina bifida, a congenital spinal cord malformation that may present in forms many different. The disease is considered a rare condition and occurs between 0.5 to 1 per 1000 live births.
The diagnosis of spina bifida is made by morphological ultrasonography from 16 weeks. And although there is no cure, treatment for the problem can help, making the patient's life more peaceful. For this reason, the doctors decided to undergo prenatal surgery in an attempt to mitigate this problem.
On his page, the photographer remembers the moment: "A doctor asked me what film speed I was using and I saw the uterus move, but no hand was close. Suddenly, the baby stretched his whole arm through the opening, then withdrew until we could see only one hand from the inside of the uterus. The doctor approached and raised his hand, which reacted and squeezed the doctor's finger. Samuel was 16 years old, and he lives in Douglas County, near Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. United. Although he uses devices on his legs to help walk and wheelchair to travel long distances, the boy loves swimming and playing basketball.
He also has two more brothers, Ethan (12) and Zachary (10). The younger brother was also born with spina bifida, but can not be operated because the experimental procedure, which was developed by Vanderbilt University, is under the responsibility of the National Institutes of Health and Zachary was not selected among the beneficiaries. gave an interview to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, provided a little bit about his story and thanking him for everything he has already gone through. "If I had not been born with a spina bifida, I would not know so many people I know today and I would not have basketball in a wheelchair, which completely changed who I am.May think spina bifida is a disadvantage, but I thank God for all this "When the family found out about Samuel's condition, some doctors had said that abortion was the only solution. However, the family never believed in this and her mother, Julie Armas, explains the importance of her son's photo to the cause and the rejection of abortion: "We wanted to show the value of our son's life, with or without a disability, and that we would do something for him because we valued him.We got what we wanted. "
The boy was diagnosed with spina bifida before birth - photo: Divulgação / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Samuel loves swimming and playing basketball - photo: Press Release / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The birth of the baby is a long-awaited and unexplained moment for all moms. Many people like to record this day with photos and videos, but it will never be the same as the feeling of living it. Although not recommended by doctors, cesarean delivery is necessary in some cases, but due to the fact have a curtain covering the surgery site, they have no idea what's going on.
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