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|by Michael Clancy, photojournalist:|
Thank you very much for visiting. This site is dedicated to keeping the picture and story available. If you want to use the picture to promote the Sanctity of Life please feel free to do so as long as it is not used for financial gain.
I apologize if you’ve tried to reach me. My new career has me traveling extensively. I maintained this site for 12 years and wrote my book to share the story. It was never about me anyway. It’s a story about a little boy that changed everything!
If you must reach me I will answer email if/when I can. Thank you very much for your patience.
The picture was taken on August 19, 1999, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville Tn., during an incredible procedure to correct spina bifida on an unborn child. Julie Armas was twenty one weeks pregnant with little Samuel at the time of the procedure.
Please visit the links to the right and if you’re still looking for more information about the surgery/picture you can “Google” Samuel Armas. My book, “Hand of Hope The Story Behind The Picture” is also available through Amazon or by clicking the link to the right.
I received so many request to speak publicly about my experience taking the picture I chose to end my career as a freelance newspaper photographer. I shared my story at over 150 events in 3 countries from 2007 to 2012. It was an incredible blessing taking the picture and being able to share my story with so many people over the years.
The story behind my picture was featured in the movie, “The Gift of Life,” hosted by Governor Mike Huckabee. I was invited to attend the World Premier, held in Des Moines, Iowa, on December 15, 2011. It was a blessing to meet governor Huckabee and four Republican Presidential Contenders. It was an unforgettable night!
Blessings ……………… Michael Clancy