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This photo always grabs my attention, as well as the burning monk.
An experimental â€“ and controversial â€“ procedure for treating a crippling birth defect in the womb offered Trish and Mike Switzer the only chance that their daughter would walk like other children. But the fetal surgery posed a fatal dilemma: Their baby could die before she was born.
Photographer Max Aguilera saiud about this photo: â€œDuring a spina bifida corrective procedure at twenty-one weeks in utero, Samuel thrusts his tiny hand out of the surgical opening of his motherâ€™s uterus. As the doctor lifts his hand, Samuel reacts to the touch and squeezes the doctorâ€™s finger. As if testing for strength, the doctor shakes the tiny fist. Samuel held firm. At that moment, I took this â€œFetal Hand Graspâ€ photo.
As a photojournalist, my job is to tell stories through pictures. The experience of taking this photograph has had a profound effect on me, and Iâ€™m proud to share this moment with youâ€