For at a routine checkup in the 20th week of her pregnancy, the doctors discover something horrible: a tumor has formed in the embryo's lung, growing rapidly. Soon it is as big as the baby's head. Mom April is now facing the most important decision of her life: only an operation in her uterus could save the little Elijah.
Elijah's chance of survival is only 5o percent. But without an operation, death is certain. So April walks the path of uncertainty and undergoes the procedure. The massive tumor is removed through the abdominal wall. But complications begin to arise: Elijah's diaphragm has been perforated and the lung has collapsed. Only through the efforts of the doctors can the little creature be kept alive, laid back into the mother's womb.
And the bell tolls for Elijah 7 weeks before the due date: he is greeted by the light of the world! The whole universe stands still for the family. April weeps tears of joy and relief. But the battle is nowhere close to over...
The internal injuries caused by the operation have wracked Elijah's body so badly that he must immediately be brought into intensive care. There he is hooked up to a breathing apparatus and is fed through a tube.