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In the children’s ward of St Luke’s Hospital, Sam Cooper is waiting at the top of the transplant list for a new liver. His mother, Dr. Lisa Cooper, head of cardiac surgery, feels completely helpless, unable to save her son, despite saving her patients’ lives every single day.  


When a liver finally becomes available and is destroyed en route to the hospital, the alternative of sourcing an illegal organ becomes her only option. She turns her back on the system she has devoted her life to and the two secretly head off to New Day Clinic in East Africa.  


Once behind the derelict walls of the facility, Sam is taken and used as a pawn to force Lisa into performing a heart transplant for a wealthy American patient. Knowing that in order to harvest a heart and perform the transplant, she will need to take the life of a young, innocent girl to get Sam back, she is faced with the devastating reality that some lives may simply be more valuable than others. 







Dr. Lisa Cooper

Dr. Chris Moanda

Dr. Wright

Graham Vermooten

Executive Producer 

Martin Fisher

Geoff Tunnicliffe

Executive Producer 

Director of Photography

Joel Brown

Sam Cooper

Sister Mmaya








Less than 2% of South Africa’s population are organ donors. By becoming an organ donor you can save up to 7 lives and help put an end to the illegal trade of organs. We are proud to partner with the Organ Donor Foundation of South Africa (ODF), a national non-profit and public benefit organization established in 1988 to address the critical shortage of organ and tissue donors in South Africa.



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