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Pro-Life TV: That's a Baby!
BreakPoint with Charles Colson - April 12, 2007 - The scene on the popular medical drama House was typical TV. One doctor, a woman, was explaining to a pregnant woman what was being done to save her baby. But Dr. House, the strongly atheistic hero, kept correcting his colleague with the term "fetus."
The mother was so sick that all the so-called "rational doctors" leaned toward aborting. The only doctor fighting for the child was a woman whose maternal instincts had clearly gone into overdrive, letting her emotions warp her judgment. As I said, this was typical TV.
But what happened after that was not-so-typical TV.
The mother would not abort, leading the medical team to perform risky fetal surgery. As Dr. House worked on the mother's uterus, a tiny hand emerged and took his finger.
It was literally a re-enactment of the famous moment when surgeon Joseph Bruner found himself holding the hand of tiny Samuel Armas while operating on Samuel's mother's womb. While there has been some debate over whether that little hand reached out or fell out, there is no denying that Bruner touched the hand of a living human being. The photographer who took the picture was converted on the spot.
But who would expect now such a picture to turn up on primetime television?
This is not even the first time it's happened. When one of our bloggers on The Point wrote about the House episode, another blogger noted that another primetime show, Scrubs, had already done a similar scene. And then a blog commenter chimed in with news about pro-life storylines on CSI: Miami. Now, when you have watched Hollywood for a while, you learn that one praiseworthy moment does not mean everything is rosy. House and the other shows I have mentioned have more than their share of so-called "mature themes," and House adds to the mix a title character after atheist Richard Dawkins's own heart. Even in the episode in question, the mother had been impregnated via insemination by a gay donor.
And yet—doesn't that make what's happening all the more remarkable? I don't know whether any of these shows have Christian writers, directors, or actors. You certainly would not compare them with Touched by an Angel. But somebody working on each show still recognized that there are truths that can't be ignored, if only for the sake of creating good, realistic drama. If you're talking about life and death these days, you cannot escape the fact that what is in the womb is life. Science has made it obvious. When truth is breaking out even on primetime television, that's a real and important breakthrough.
And whatever the beliefs of those behind the scenes, they are making an impact. Even pro-choicers have marveled over the powerful moment on House. People who never thought twice about abortion will remember Dr. House telling his patient, "Don't thank me. I would have killed the kid"—the word fetus disappearing. People who would never listen to a sermon will remember the image of the unsentimental, rationalist, pro-choice doctor sitting alone, thoughtfully rubbing his fingers together where the little hand had touched them.
The Christian worldview acknowledges that we can't expect perfection from the dark world around us. But what it does teach is that when the light of truth shines into the darkness, unexpected and amazing things can happen—even in Hollywood.
Amazing Photo: Unborn baby grabs doctor's hand from inside the womb
A picture began circulating a couple years ago. It should have been "The Picture of the Year," or perhaps, "Picture of the Decade." For reasons you can probably figure out, it wasn't. In fact, unless you obtained a copy of the US paper which published it, you probably would never have seen it.
Don't tell me God isn't awesome!!
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.
During the procedure, the doctor removes the uterus via C-section and makes a small incision to operate on the baby. As Dr. Bruner completed the surgery on Samuel, the little guy reached his tiny, but fully developed hand through the incision and firmly grasped the surgeon's finger. 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 pregnancy isn't about disability or an illness, it's about a little person." Samuel was born in perfect health, the operation 100 percent successful. Now see the actual picture, and it is awesome...incredible....and hey, pass it on. The world needs to see this one!
There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
~ Albert Einstein