I recall exactly where I was when I first saw this photograph. We were on vacation in Oregon and I was in the public library in Junction City flipping through a magazine when I saw this stunning picture. I had heard the story of Samuel Armas, diagnosed with spina bifida, and being operated on in utero in hopes of saving his life. During the successful surgery he wrapped his tiny hand around a finger of the surgeon. A photographer snapped this extraordinary image, an image that flashed around the world
The photo, which first appeared in USA Today on Sept. 7, 1999, quickly spread across the globe as proof of development in the womb and was later cited during congressional debates on the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, which passed in 2000.
“It’s just a miracle picture, a miracle moment,” Clancy told FOXNews.com. “It shows the earliest human interaction ever recorded.”
Picture by Michael Clancy
Now, Samuel is 9 years old. Read more, and see other pictures here.
Edit: May 7 I just located a devotional I wrote nearly two years ago concerning this little boy.