Hand of Hope

Its quite a picture, definitely blog worthy. But there is another motive behind this post. I went to SA Top Sites and looked for the sites getting the most hits.

Liverpool FC: Official Site for South African Fans and Supporters of Liverpool FC was on top with an average of 3023.75 unique visitors a day. I get that one, sport, blokes, English Football Premier League, theres a lot of interest. What surprised me though was the website with the second most daily visitors, 2285.75 unique visitors a day, So Close: Life after infertility. With twins. In South Africa. That’s a lot of visitors, viewing a website on life with twins!

So getting to the point I hope this photo appeals to you, it’s to do with babies, miracles, and pregnancy. So enjoy it, I hope it brings me some traffic 🙂

Hand Of Hope

It should be “The Picture of the Year,” or perhaps, Picture of the Decade.” It won’t be. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably will never see it.

The picture is that of a 21-week-old unborn baby named Samuel Alexander Armas, who is being operated on by a 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. During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via a C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby.

As Dr.Bruner completed the surgery on little Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed, hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon’s finger. In a Time Europe article high-lighting new pregnancy imagery that shows the formation of major organs and other significant evidence of the formation of human life Dr. Bruner was reported as saying that when his finger was grasped, it was the most emotional moment of his life, and that for an instant during the procedure he was just frozen, totally immobile. The photograph captures this amazing event with perfect clarity. The editors titled the picture, “Hand of Hope.” The text explaining the picture begins, “The tiny hand of 21-week-old fetus Samuel Alexander Armas emerges from the mother’s uterus to grasp the finger of Dr. Joseph Bruner as if thanking the doctor for the gift of life.” Little Samuel’s mother said, “they wept for days when they saw the picture”. She said, “The photo reminds us my pregnancy isn’t about disability or an illness, it’s about a little person.”

Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 per cent
successful.

World Aids Day: 1 December 2005

World Aids Day Thursday marks World Aids Day. You cannot chose to escape this day here in Cape Town, South Africa, you can no longer turn a blind eye and hope it will go away. An estimated 4.5 million South Africans were living with HIV in 2000. An estimated 6 million people are expected to die of AIDS related illnesses in the next 10 years.

More media attention has been reported on Mbeki’s controversial statements on HIV and Aids then the tremendous work non-profit organisations and individuals have been doing, trying to combat this disease. But they need our help!

HIV CAUSES AIDS

Find an HIV AIDS support organisation and make your pledge to help the hundreds of thousands of people infected or affected by HIV AIDS in our country.

If you don’t know where to find one. Support the organisation our company supports:

The Westlake United Church Trust in Cape Town South Africa.

The luck of the Irish

Grrrrrr….. firefox has just crashed on me again causing me to lose a whole post! Is anyone else having problems with the new Firefox?

This last weekend my girlfriend and I, and half the Saffa community in London, traveled to Dublin to watch the Boks take on the Irish at Lansdowne Road Stadium. Initially our plan was to watch the game at a traditional Irish pub, as we had no tickets. We took the chance though and luckily found a punter within a few minutes of arriving at the stadium.

Even though we lost to a much more impressive Irish team the experience was worth every euro spent. The atmosphere in and around the stadium was electrifying. South African flags flew all around Dublin, and Guinness was being consumed by the barrel!

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