I produced/directed this documentary as part of a series for Discovery Network USA (more at marcusboyle.com).
Sky Titus, a Native American teenager, has been battling life-threatening epilepsy for half his life. Medication can't control his violent seizures. Sky's mother, Leah Harper, is a traditional medicine woman who foresaw Sky's illness when he was born. Now, in a blend of traditional ritual and Western medicine, a new cure will be sought.
Dr. Victor Perry, a renowned neurosurgeon from the University of California in San Francisco, will hunt for the tissue in Sky's brain that is causing the seizures. Leah will bless Dr. Perry’s hands outside the operating room and arrange for the ritual burial of her son’s diseased brain tissue. Sky will have to undergo two major brain surgeries in a single week. Those operations could leave him unable to speak, paralyzed, and might even kill him.