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Life on the Line is a reality series that first aired in 2011. The series is set in a medical school’s hospital that is one of largest in the US. The hospital trains doctors for about a quarter of California, and also teaches persons who are going to be sent out on humanitarian missions around the world. The series looks as the staff and students of this academic hospital as they go through the training necessary to become doctors, and what they plan on doing once they get out into the world. The series also looks at the medical emergencies inside of the hospital itself.

Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on Science Channel
1 Season, 24 Episodes
June 3, 2011
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Life on the Line Full Episode Guide

  • Diagnosed with prostate cancer, Pat and his wife explore every treatment option they could find. Little do they know that 25 years earlier, a doctor 1200 miles away risked his entire career to pioneer a new cancer treatment using protons.

  • Wilber "Wil" Alexander has sat at the bedside of the sick and the dying for the last 40 years, inviting the wounded to tell their stories. Follow Wil as he helps others find meaning and healing in their time of unique vulnerability.

  • Andre's leg amputation from a snowboarding accident hasn't slowed him down. He's now a triathlete and finds himself training for the biggest competition yet: the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

  • This is the dramatic story of two hospitals: one fighting to keep the Ebola virus inside, and the other to keep it out.

  • Julie never thought she would be where she is now: healing from two gunshot wounds when her co-worker and his wife opened fire at an employee meeting in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks. Watch how in the midst of this tragedy, hope lives on.

  • In Ethiopia, one in eight children are orphaned or abanonded. Watch how nonprofit workers at a hospital take these kids under their wings.

  • A silent epidemic is on the rise in teenagers. One in five cuts or self-injures his or her body. Watch how three teenagers strive to live life without hurting themselves anymore as they raise awareness about this destructive coping mechanism.

  • Before 1984, the life expectancy in the small African country of Lesotho was 70 years. Today it's 40. Watch how a Grandmother's Club is parenting their grandkids because of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

  • While on the brink of kidney failure, John reunites with an old friend on Facebook who suddenly realizes that she has the ability to save his life through organ transplantation. Meanwhile in the same hospital, 5-year-old Chealsey fights for her life against stage-4 cancer.

  • In one of the worst storms on record, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with devastating force. In the aftermath, a behavioral health trauma team touches down to help those facing grief and post-traumatic stress.

  • Heart disease for children in Nicaragua is often a death sentence. With no money to explore foreign options, two kids are able to undergo surgery when a team of doctors arrive to help them.

  • After an unexpected pregnancy, a young couple finds out their baby will be born with gastroschisis, a birth defect where the intestines are outside of the body.

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