Little Man | 2005
Micro-preemie Nicholas is born 100 days too early and weighs only one pound. From his froglike legs dangle blood pressure cuffs the size of band-aids. His heart is the size of a cashew. Throughout his struggle for life, filmmaker, Nicole Conn and her partner political activist Gwen Baba also struggle to keep their family from disintegrating under the unrelenting stress and chaos of hospitals, emergency medical crisis and a crushing blow to trust. What do you do when a pregnancy goes bad? When a partnership is torn apart by opposing belief systems, when a small infant lives in the surreal world of the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit for 158 days? Nicholas goes through medical procedure after medical procedure--because science and medicine "can" keep a fetus alive. But at what price do we hold onto life? Nicole is faced with the question that haunts in the night: When does caring become cruelty? Nicole is obsessed by her son's need to be here. Gwen is terrified that long hospital stays and the mini-hospital in their own home will erode the family to a place of no return.