In 1999, this image spread the world. On August 19th, 1999, a medical team in Nashville, U.S.A, performed a surgery on the pregnant Julie Armas, more precisely, on the 21-week-old fetus in her womb.
Her baby was diagnosed with a deformity of the spine, called spina bifida, even before birth. To do something about this deformity, the specialists decided to perform innovative prenatal surgery. During the surgery, the 21-week-old baby came out from Julie’s womb and grabbed the doctor’s finger. It shows the earliest human interaction ever recorded. 4 months later on December 2nd, 1999, Samuel Armas was born thanks to the successful surgery.
Today, Samuel is a 16-year-old teenager. He wears lower leg braces and he uses a wheelchair for longer distances. But, he is doing extremely well and can run normally. He likes swimming and playing basketball.
It’s amazing to see that this “Hand of Hope” has become a perfect young man.