Picks and Pans Review: A Heart for Olivia
CBS (Tues., Jan. 17, 9 p.m. ET)
This, the second installment of Before Your Eyes, a sporadic documentary series from CBS News, is devoted to Olivia Maize, who, less than two hours out of the womb, became the world's youngest heart-transplant recipient. At the invitation of her parents, we follow nascent Olivia from her first ultrasound, which revealed her coronary defect, through her mom's pregnancy in-North Carolina, to her premature delivery by cesarean section when a suitable transplant became available, on to the arduous operation in Loma Linda, Calif., and into Olivia's pitched struggle to survive.
It's a sad story, but the film that chronicles it is shapeless and self-serving. The most moving moments come when the focus is on the various babies at the Loma Linda facility who are either awaiting or recovering from transplants. Not coincidentally, they are the only people in the documentary who do not seem acutely conscious of the omnipresent cameras.
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