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Melissa Bright thinks she's living every parent's worst nightmare when her five-month-old baby tumbles from a lawn chair and hits his head on the driveway. But after she rushes him to the hospital, a new nightmare begins.The Brights are thrust into a medical and legal system so focused on protecting children from abuse, it has targeted innocent parents. With exclusive audio captured as the events unfolded, this harrowing six-episode series takes you inside the Brights' fight to hold their family together, against a system that can sometimes do more harm than good. Hosted by NBC News National Investigative Reporter Mike Hixenbaugh, Do No Harm is a co-production of NBC News and Wondery.



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Introducing Do No Harm

Introducing Do No Harm

2020-10-2902:1513

Do No Harm premieres on November 10th. Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/donoharm
Fractures  | 1

Fractures | 1

2020-11-1041:4872

Melissa and Dillon Bright race to the emergency room after their baby is seriously injured. As doctors assess the injuries, the Brights pray their son will be OK. But then a different team of doctors enters Mason’s hospital room, and the real nightmare begins.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/NOHARM for a free home security camera and a 60 day risk-free trial.Honey - Join Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/NOHARM.
Warning Signs  | 2

Warning Signs | 2

2020-11-1043:2351

Melissa and Dillon believe if they just tell the truth, Child Protective Services will see they aren’t a danger to their children. But the state of Texas isn’t just going to take their word for it.  Not after the horror story that unfolded in another family a year earlier.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/NOHARM for a free home security camera and a 60 day risk-free trial.Honey - Join Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/NOHARM.
Immediate Danger  | 3

Immediate Danger | 3

2020-11-1738:1651

The Brights figure CPS has moved on. Melissa and Dillon try to do the same. But when a CPS worker comes to their door, it's the beginning of the hardest night of their lives.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/NOHARM for a free home security camera and a 60 day risk-free trial.Honey - Join Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/NOHARM.
Standard Protocol | 4

Standard Protocol | 4

2020-11-2443:3243

Across town, Lance and Sharde Butler have been fighting their own battle against CPS. After nearly a year, the system has almost broken them.  But soon the Bright’s case will intertwine with their own in ways that neither family could have imagined. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264Crisis Text Line: Within the US, text HOME to 741741Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/NOHARM for a free home security camera and a 60 day risk-free trial.Honey - Join Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/NOHARM.
The Fighter | 5

The Fighter | 5

2020-12-0143:2836

A pair of brash Texas lawyers step in to help the Brights, but by then, damage has already been done. As they each head to court, the Brights and the Butlers fear the worst.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/NOHARM for a free home security camera and a 60 day risk-free trial.Honey - Join Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/NOHARM.
The Cost | 6

The Cost | 6

2020-12-0847:5343

As the Brights and Butlers confront CPS, their shared struggles raise difficult questions: Who’s really protecting children? And is this what it takes to keep them safe?Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/NOHARM for a free home security camera and a 60 day risk-free trial.Honey - Join Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/NOHARM.
Reporting Do No Harm | 7

Reporting Do No Harm | 7

2020-12-1549:0422

Laura Beil, the host and reporter of Dr Death and Bad Batch, sits down with Mike Hixenbaugh to talk about the reporting of Do No Harm. We also have an update about the families at the center of this series.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Simplisafe - Visit Simplisafe.com/NOHARM for a free home security camera and a 60 day risk-free trial.Honey - Join Honey for free at JoinHoney.com/NOHARM.
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Comments (281)

alli lent

interesting how they seem much more concerned with how children are treated in their own homes by their parents than they are with how safe the foster homes are.

May 11th
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Kandra Sjoberg

None of the episodes are playing for me. I get an error that there is a broken source. Anyone else having this problem or know how to fix it??

Apr 27th
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BC

I think the failure is that any safe children are allowed to be taken from their safe families. it's a systemic failure if anyone can use a system designed to protect children in any way that hurts them. Shouldn't there be checks involved to make sure no safe children are removed from their homes and families? how were the children removed in the first place when there was so little evidence (and flawed evidence) that the children were at risk? how were they held away from their loving families in homes that put them in danger? that's the failure. that's what the podcast is about. it's about how children were put in danger when there should have been no way this could have happened. The agency designed to protect children harmed them because of systemic failures.

Mar 29th
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Arina Fenic

ACAB.

Mar 3rd
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Jill Mortensen

I really enjoyed this series. It brings back the fear and thoughts of that the government sometimes has way to much power and are not objective enough, and has No one checking on them or no one that they isn't any over seeing them and what they are doing or not doing. thanks for the reminder that we are all human and we have no idea of what it is like to walk in someone else's shoes.

Mar 1st
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ID19452554

I would beat the absolute fuck out of lavar. That is so fucked up. I mean come on it’s insane.

Jan 29th
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lynn

i think the point is that it is not just one person who is at fault (i mean lamar sucks but). there is a judge, there are the doctors, the lawyers and the supervisors who are just as at fault

Jan 26th
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lynn

that judge is corrupt AF

Jan 26th
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lynn

I'm sorry, but YES he has fractures consistent with abuse, the medical professionals have to report this. sucks for the family but wtf else are they supposed to do?

Jan 26th
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Dee Smith

Omg 😱 it’s heart 💜 breaking

Jan 16th
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Dee Smith

Fuck I think it’s Catch 21 They can only go by what the doctors have reported

Jan 16th
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Richard Smith

Would have liked it more if they left the ‘white privilege’ narrative out. What does all the Marxist Media always brainwash blacks with victimhood? The main story was about white victims of the system but the narratives had to include poor blacks also as if the white family was ‘rich’ beyond the means of any black family to get a pro bono civil rights attorney.

Jan 2nd
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Gail Koch-Ashing

Those poor families. Especially the Butlers. Disgusting behavior. Our system is so broken.

Jan 1st
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Crystal Spears

this is a show that needed to be done.thavk you for bringing awareness to this

Dec 29th
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Crystal Spears

my child was took from me. and CPS workers are liars sometimes. its times some laws are changed. I'm from sumrall Mississippi and I was wrong to begin with but I complied with my plan. purvis CPS needs to be investigated

Dec 28th
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Reanna Marie Brown

" 'if I just tell the truth this will all be okay. I just have to go thru & trust the process" ... from that moment forward, nothing went the way she expected." - the EXACT last thought I had to myself before it went down entirely different than I could even imagine. when telling my story I actually share that thought happening .. what a trip. I guess the truth doesn't always set you free. its crazy because you keep telling yourself this same thing the deeper & deeper it gets thinking "these are professionals that are going to see this for what it is.. this is what they do for a living. this is their expertise." & the sad thing is the latter half of that statement is wholeheartedly correct, just not in the way you'd think. their expertise isn't seeing thru it, but mangling &twisting it all into a sh*t show -starring YOU as the monster.. that's what they do for a living unfortunately more often to ppl they shouldn't than any of us could ever know. 💔

Dec 25th
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Reanna Marie Brown

" 'if I just tell the truth this will all be okay. I just have to go thru & trust the process" ..

Dec 25th
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Reanna Marie Brown

haven't even started listening yet & I already know this show is gonna get me going. I have my own CPS horror story with my first born. she was taken away from me while still in the hospital less than 24 hrs after birth & I have been fighting to get custody of her ever since. she's 7 yrs old now. All of it based on my past &because when I went in to give birth I asked to not be given any narcotics as I was in recovery. Never should have said anything & should have just rolled the dice on the meds honestly. or risked a home birth. BC s soon as I said it I was immediately treated 1000% different & was refused further treatment until I produced a UA. being as I was in active labor I struggled with this request, but had no issue being cooperative otherwise. they gave me an epidural & all of a sudden I'm asking the nurse what she's doing " down there"? she said since I wouldn't give her a UA she gave me a catheter & took one herself. Nonetheless, I came back clean. but by some black magic my child is born & tested positive for drugs.. or so they claimed. I've thought about digging thru my mountain of paperwork & court hearings the last few yrs to find said test, but everything written in those reports are either my words twisted or straight up completely false. I've already written a novel, but I will end with saying my baby was fine still from that moment til they took her to the nursery while I met w CPS. they came back no more than 15 min later saying she was inconsolable & clearly experiencing withdrawals so the Dr ordered morphine & she would not be back to my room & by no means was I to breast feed her or even simply feed her a bottle with out being supervised by a nurse. the end of that chapter concludes with me being asked to leave so the foster family could come get her. After walking in 38 wks pregnant, I left that place a childless mother reeling from a loss I never could have imagined . oh, & a percocet presecription (after refusing serveral times they told me I really should take the script cause I was gonna need it. figured they were probably right.) & that's just the beginning intro to my story. far from the end. nor does it touch on the horrific inner workings I later found out about - & had no way of doing anything about it, let alone anyone who beleived me. who's gonna beleive the junkie ?

Dec 24th
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Jayme White

The amount that my jaw dropped when the judge held CPS responsible via Nyisha's (spelling?) testimony.... I'm not sure I'll ever get my jaw back......How RARELY is a govt entity called out and MONETARILY PENALIZED?!?! Oooohhhhhhh this case sure shook somethings up in TX...

Dec 24th
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Natalie T

Wow! This is soo infuriating and sad! I don't even know if I want to finish listening to this podcast. Why are the judges or the doctors never held responsible or reprimanded for this, they are destroying peoples lives.. I hope to God those same doctors are not still working probably marking all these cases incorrectly! I'm greatful I don't live in Texas

Dec 23rd
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