A short film about a 2-1/2 year old child named Donnie, who spent years in a pediatric intensive care unit. The film considers his personality development, the impact on the family and the social issues raised by the hospitalization. A follow-up film to this title - "Mostly I Can Do More Things Than I Can't" (1983) - also resides within the Jerome Schulman Collection.
Doctors Allen Goldberg (then the Director of Respiratory Care at Chicago Memorial Hospital) and C. Everett Koop (who worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) created the first program to send children on mechanical ventilators home. Donnie was one of their patients, and the work this film captures led to changes in public policy which defined and funded current programs for Children with Special Needs that benefit children with disabilities and their families today.
Awarded the Cine Golden Eagle (CINE Film Festival)