Loma Linda University Health’s (LLUH) first national TV program
will soon reach 72 million American households. “Life on the Line,” which
features courageous individuals and turns their journeys into a moving
documentary series, premieres on PBS’s WORLD Channel April 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
“Working on this series has been an amazing experience,” said
Patricia Kelikani, director of Advancement Films at LLUH. “This show isn’t just
about doctors, but how real people find meaning in the midst of a tragedy. This
is where the real story lives and their strength of spirit shines.”
Narrated by celebrity host and journalist, Lisa Ling, and
produced by the 12-time Emmy Award winning team, Advancement Films, “Life on
the Line” zeroes in on Loma Linda University Health—which serves one-quarter of
Southern California—and equips medical teams to travel around the world. The
show follows patients from Southern California to the Amazon, Haiti, and Egypt
as they all fight a similar battle: to stay alive.
The series features six unique half-hour episodes:
“Heart to Heart” tells the story of a family whose newborn baby
desperately needs a heart transplant to survive.
“Out of the Rubble” captures the life of an 8-year-old Haitian
boy who was trapped under earthquake rubble for three days.
“End it Now,” follows three child abuse victims as they learn to
move beyond the trauma and live their lives to the fullest.
“Baby Blue” shows how doctors from opposite sides of the globe
collaborate to save Egyptian babies born with congenital heart disease.
“Armed for the Challenge” features an athlete who sets out to
prove that disability doesn’t mean inability.
“Anchoring Hope” features a medical boat from Loma Linda
University providing much needed health care services for people living in the
underserved Amazon jungle.
“Life on the Line” will air on Fridays, with
repeats throughout the week. During each viewing, two episodes will appear
back-to-back. In addition to airing on the WORLD Channel in April, the show
will air on PBS stations throughout the country in July. For the full schedule,
episode previews, and more information about the show visit lifeontheline.tv.