INT. MATERNITY OPERATING ROOM - MORNING
Emily is undergoing surgery, she is under sedation. There
are doctors and nurses fighting to keep mother and child
We're losing her, where is her
doctor? we need a decision, now!
Emily's doctor walks in, and suddenly the scene
freezes.Everyone in the room is in the background and
silent. Only Emily's face is clear. She is still sedated,
Mark Larson stands beside the gurney, his hand on her head.
Papa Mark? what are you doing
here? I can see you, but no one
else, where is everybody? How is
our baby? I was having trouble
delivering, so my doctor said that
they were going to do a caesarean
section. What happened?
Sweet, sweet Emily, listen to me.
Estelle and I couldn't love you
more if you were born to us. You
must let your body completly
relax. The cord is around the
baby's neck. Everything in you is
fighting for life, including the
baby. In this struggle, the cord
is tightening. The doctors can't
see it, or reach it. Let every
muscle, every tissue, every cell,
every fibre of your being, relax.
Emily's face and shoulders visibly relax. Her expression
iscalm. Mark smiles. He reaches into Emily's open incision
and moves his hand around inside. His face registers
That's my girl. I'm just moving
the cord away from your son's
neck. The doctors will be able to
save both of you now. David had to
decide which one of you to save.
He chose you. He thought you would
be able to have other children,
but you won't. There is too much
damage. They will have to give you
We have a son? No more children?
A son, yes. You will name him
Daniel. Daniel Barry Larson. David
already has my name, so there is
no need to give it to the baby,
although I know you've discussed
it. There will be no more children
for you, but it won't matter. Your
house will be filled with the
children of others, and love, and
laughter. Little Danny will be
enough for you as David was enough
Why the name Daniel? That's not
even one of the names we were
Its the name of the baby's
biological grandfather. David's
father, Daniel Cassidy. He was a
football player. He's dead now. He
gave our David life, I think he
should be honoured in some way.
David never told me about that. He
only mentioned the fact that he
was adopted. It didn't interest
him much. He never seemed to have
any need to pursue his biological
parentage. He knew that his mother
is your daughter, but he didn't
seem interested in finding her.
Did you look for his biological
father, papa Mark?
I didn't look, the information
just....came to me... recently. It
looks like your son has been
successfully delivered, and you
will recover from this difficult
birth in a short time.
My son has been delivered? I've
been talking to you, why wasn't I
aware of his delivery?
You're still under sedation,
Emily.I don't know if you will
remember this conversation when
you wake up or not. Just tell
David to be strong for Estelle.
She'll need him now. It would be a
good idea if you move back into
our house. Estelle will love
helping with the baby.
The room around them seems to glow with a soft florescent
INT RECOVERY ROOM - MINUTES LATER
There is just Emily in the bed, and Mark beside the bed. All
of the surgical personnel are no longer in evidence.
I have to go now, Emily. I'm
being...called away...Estelle and
David know that I will love them
forever. Goodbye, sweet little
Emily. I will also love you
forever, my daughter. Goodbye....
INT. HOSPITAL CHAPEL - LATER
David holds Estelle, who is weeping quietly. Barry and
Colleen are now part of the group.
When Colleen called to tell us
that Emily was in delivery, I
tried to wake Mark. There was no
response, so I turned on the
light. He had passed away in his
sleep, David. Quietly, without
pain, beside the one person in the
world who loves him most.
We knew this was inevitable, mama.
He didn't want to be hooked up to
machines to keep him alive. He
died at peace. I thank God for
that. He was the best, most
honourable man I've ever known.
The doctor approaches David and
Mrs. Larson is waking up, Mr.
Larson. A nurse is in the room
with your son. Mother and baby are
doing well, much better than
expected under the circumstances.
Circumstances? What happened,
David? I'm not fragile. If
something's wrong, I need to know.
Mark would never want my grief to
get in the way of taking care of
I know that mama, it's just that
I've barely processed it myself.
It was a breach birth, and the
cord was wrapped around the baby's
neck. The situation looked
hopeless. The doctor thought that
only one of them could be saved.
Then something suddenly happened,
the doctor doesn't know what it
was. Somehow, Emily's entire body
relaxed, the cord came loose, and
the baby all but delivered
Do you think it might be a
I don't know mama. Kyle, Judy and
I have been down here in the
chapel praying for the last four
hours. It sure seems like a
miracle to me. The doctor had no
explanation at all as to how it
could have happened.
Well, let's go up and meet the new
addition to our family.