The young man arrived in the hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound to the chest, the bullet had struck the defibrillator that had been placed underneath the skin to save his life in case of another cardiac event, and now the defibrillator was firing randomly with no cardiologist in sight.
While doctors tried to assess the situation and keep him comfortable, nurses and other doctors scrambled searching for a cardiologist or the device required to shut off the defibrillator, all the while the loud whine of the defibrillator charging was evident just before the young man began to shake violently while another shock was delivered.
The shocks continued to come closer and closer together, and it appeared no one knew what to do, a specialist couldn't be found so the hero of the ER took matters into his own hands.
With the help of his nurse they held down the young man, while the doctor made a slice into his neck with a scalpel, the nurse held a pair of scissors in her hand waiting in vain for her chance to cut the main wire from the defibrillator, all while the shocks were coming more quickly and violently.
She finally went in and made the cut, the whine of the defibrillator was building just as she clipped the wire, the shock was delivered and she was instantly thrown backwards from the bed, the nurse was pulled up from the floor back to her feet and everyone gathered around the bed happy the shocks had been stopped, but now the young man was dead.
My cardiologist was actually laughing out loud while I described the late night medical drama Cindy had been watching on TV the night before my own defibrillator/pacemaker was to be implanted, and now needless to say I had a lot of concerns.
I was awake during the procedure and he answered all my questions and laughed while I described this late night drama, he assured me that all of this was simply "made for TV" and that I had nothing to worry about, my defibrillator in simple terms is like driving your car with a safety belt, it is there to save your life, he then pointed out that if they were going to go through all of that, they should have at least saved the guy.
In other words I asked, if my defibrillator goes off I could actually not notice it, he grinned and said, you will notice it for sure, it will feel like a mule kicking you in the chest, but it will save your life, Thanks Doc, you know I love this guy, he is truthful but not overdramatic, and I am proud of my safety belt.
What do you think of medical TV drama as opposed to real life?