I remember standing next to my husband in a brightly lit, white hallway while holding my seven-day-old daughter in my arms. I remember looking down at her and thinking to myself, No way. There is no way I’m handing this child over to those people. No way, no way, no way, no way…
Back to the movie.
CAMERA HOLDS on MOMMY and DADDY standing in front of sign that says “Pediatric Surgery.” MOMMY holding BABY. DADDY stands with arms around MOMMY. Two young DOCTORS stand nearby waiting to take BABY to surgery.
I don’t think I can do this.
MOMMY and DADDY cry over and hug BABY murmuring “We love yous” and other reassurances.
DOCTORS motion that it’s time to let them take the BABY.
MOMMY won’t let go. She clings to the baby, wetting the baby’s face with her tears.
DADDY makes small motion towards helping MOMMY hand over BABY.
Not yet… not yet…
CAMERA HOLDS ON: MOMMY - hugs baby close almost “blocking” the doctors from taking her.
(with great emotion, through tears)
OK, baby girl… this is it. All you have
to do is take a nice long nap while the
doctors do all the work. OK?
MOMMY makes small motion toward letting go. In one swift move the DOCTORS seize their moment, swoop in grab BABY and walk quickly down hall toward double doors to surgical wing.
CUT TO: MOMMY and DADDY - left standing in hallway with empty hands and obviously deflated spirits.
CAMERA pulls back from couple and continues down hallway away from MOMMY and DADDY. (from POV of BABY as if BABY was looking back at her parents and seeing them fade away)
Emphasize smallness of two parents standing lonely in a large, colorless hallway.
FADE TO BLACK
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