Life on the Line
The desire to overcome is at the core of everyone - especially those fighting disease, facing a natural disaster, or coping with a disability or battling mental illness. Narrated by Lisa Ling, this series is an inspiring look into the resilience of humankind.
Armed for the Challenge (#105) Duration: 26:49 STEREO TVPG
"One Arm Willie" Stewart is set to defy his physical limits while training for the physically challenged triathlon USA championships. Determined to help others with disabilities, this world-class athlete demonstrates that disability doesn't mean inability.
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Rough Beginning (#201) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Every day, some of life's most challenging battles are fought by the most innocent members of society-babies. After an unexpected pregnancy, Janett and Gian find out their baby boy will be born with a life-threatening condition called gastroschisis, a birth defect in which the intestines are outside of the body. Without immediate medical treatment, baby Theodore's life will be in danger as soon as he is born. Follow the journey of a beautiful family whose bond grows stronger during their biggest life challenge and the doctors and nurses who pull together with hopes of giving Theodore a future.
Last Chance (#202) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
For many, the difference between life and death depends on the country they were born in. Like 14-year-old Holman and 8-year-old Eva, who were both born with heart disease in Nicaragua. In their country, even if children survive the surgery, they run a high risk of dying from infection in the intensive care unit afterward. With no money to explore foreign options, the families must undergo a test of faith that nearly shatters their deep strength of spirit.
The Aftermath (#203) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
In one of the worst storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with devastating force. More than 6,000 people died and thousands more displaced, leaving a whole region left to face loss, hardship, and depression. In the aftermath of the deadly typhoon, an international behavioral health trauma team touches down to help those facing grief and post-traumatic stress. Journey through the eyes of Nona, a single mother of five, as she shares her story of survival; and Joward, a local pastor determined to help the people in his community.
The Match (#204) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
A childhood friendship-and Facebook-could save John Brannon's life. While on the brink of kidney failure, John reunites with an old friend who suddenly realizes that she has the ability to save him through organ transplantation. Meanwhile in the same hospital, 5-year-old Chealsey Melendez is diagnosed with stage-4 cancer. Doctors harvest her own stem cells and freeze them so they can be transplanted back into her marrow at a later date, all in a desperate attempt to save her life.
The Lost Generation (#205) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Before 1984, the life expectancy in the small African country of Lesotho was 70 years. Today it's 40. The HIV/AIDS epidemic has ravaged the mountain kingdom, leaving scores of orphans and grandmothers to pick up the pieces of a shattered country. Instead of retirement, the elderly are facing a future of hard labor caring for their grandchildren until the day they die.
Hidden Pain (#206) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
With the growing pressure and stress teenagers face today, a silent epidemic is on the rise. One in five teenagers cuts or self-injures his or her body. This episode tells the story of three adolescents who strive to live life without hurting themselves and raises awareness about this destructive coping mechanism and the help that is available.
Footsteps of the Unknown (#207) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
As the second poorest country in the world, Ethiopia sits as a crossroads of hope and despair. With overwhelming widespread poverty and disease, it's estimated that one in eight children are orphaned or abandoned. Yet in the western highlands, in a town called Gimbie, lies a hospital where non-profit workers take these lonely children under their wings. Follow the journey of baby Bella whose mother abandoned her at the hospital, and be inspired by the heroes who commit their lives to making the world a brighter place for these children.
Anchoring Hope (#106) Duration: 29:00 STEREO TVPG (Secondary audio: none)
Access to healthcare is a challenge for many people living in the Amazon jungle. Like Antenor, a father of seven who supports his family by producing agriculture. He's been sick and not able to bring enough food home. In a different village, 4-year-old Felipe has a difficult time playing with his friends. His heart problem is getting worse. Watch what happens next as a mission boat leaves a wake of hope.