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Mila Ebert is almost two years old and Deaf. However, a hospital examination reveals that her auditory nerve is developed. With the insertion of a cochlear implant and appropriate support, she would have the chance to develop almost normal hearing and spoken language. And therefore the chance of a "normal" life.

Although the procedure could lead to side effects such as facial paralysis in the worst case, it is now a routine operation. The doctor invites Mila's parents Conny and Simon, who are also deaf, to an information session. While Mila's hearing aunt Jette is thrilled by the news, her parents decline the invitation. They don't see Mila's lack of hearing as an illness or disability.

The hospital then calls in the youth welfare office and the case goes to court. Judge Jolanda Helbig now has to decide: Does Mila have a right to hear?

For the head doctor at the hospital, the matter is clear: of course it is better to hear than to remain deaf. And parents who want the best for their child would give her this chance.

But also for Mila's parents: they themselves and Mila's older brother are deaf and happy with their lives. It's normal for them and they wouldn't have it any other way. Not even for Mila.

Unimaginable for the doctor. For the parents, it is a disrespectful encroachment on their parental rights and an attack on their way of life.

For Jolanda, the issue is complex and anything but clear from a legal perspective. And the more intensively she looks into the case, the more her own past catches up with her. A secret that not only jeopardizes her marriage, but also threatens to throw her off course.

Everything revolves around fundamental questions: do people have to adapt to society or does our society have to adapt to its individuals? Who decides which way of life is more worth living?

Can the state play a role in this - or does it even have to?

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