Introduction: Louis Theroux's LA Stories: Edge of Life (02:17)
This brief overview orients viewers to the topic of treating terminal illnesses with excerpts from the program.
Langston Jackson (04:34)
Jackson is in critical condition from a drug overdose. His family learns that he is not likely to wake up.
Javier Galvan (03:44)
Louis Theroux participates in a meeting between Galvan's doctor and family to discuss Leukemia treatment options.
Long-term Care (02:00)
Theroux talks with Galvan's fiancé about Galvan's desire to continue treatment.
Jackson Prognosis (05:09)
Langston's doctor learns the best-case scenario and shares test results with the family. She asks them to consider not keeping him in a vegetative state.
Theroux visits a long term sub-acute care facility. Francisco has been in a coma for three years.
Francisco: Prognosis (02:36)
Theroux discusses the prognosis with Francisco's doctor.
Dante Rogers: Cancer (03:20)
Rogers underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and major surgery to eradicate his cancer. The state pays his medical bills.
Galvan: Biopsy (02:54)
Galvan learns that his leukemia has grown; he decides to continue treatment.
Galvan: Extending Life (04:08)
Galvan and his doctor reflect on his prognosis and treatment options.
Jackson: Progress (03:42)
After a month in the hospital, family members and nursing staff see increased reactions. Theroux visits Jackson's family to learn about his life.
Jackson: Recovery? (02:05)
Jackson's grandmother arrives to keep vigil at his bedside. The family continues to believe he will recover despite medical opinions.
Rogers: Prognosis (03:50)
The surgical team tells Rogers that his body is not healing and comfort measures are the only options available.
Rogers: Devastated (02:40)
Rogers and his aunt are in shock after hearing that there are no more treatment options.
Galvan: Married (02:34)
Galvan and his fiancé wed in the hospital. Two days later he starts chemotherapy; he died the next day.
Jackson: Miracle (04:14)
After two months, Jackson wakes from his vegetative state. His doctor has no explanation for his sudden recovery.
Rogers: Optimistic (04:10)
After five months in the hospital, Rogers accepts that nothing more can be done to help him.
Patient Follow Up (01:45)
Six weeks after discharge, Rogers passed away at his aunt's home. Seven weeks after discharge, Jackson visits the hospital.
Credits: Louis Theroux's LA Stories: Edge of Life (00:41)
Credits: Louis Theroux's LA Stories: Edge of Life
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