..and while George O’Malley was dubbed "Double O Seven" it’s really April Kepner who’s the REAL licensed to kill.
April Kepner’s first patient killing was when she failed to properly triage a smoke inhalation patient who later died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Thankfully, she was fired, as any negligent physician should have been.
Unbelievably, she was hired back shortly thereafter.
April Kepner’s next victim was Gary Clark’s wife who had been thru a successful tumor removal and given a new lease on life. Unfortunately, while Lexie Grey was delivering the good news to Mr. Clark about the success of his wife’s surgery, April Kepner had erroneously taken his wife off the ventilator before she was able to breathe on her own. Thus, causing the patient to stroke out, and was later determined brain dead.
Unfortunately, the patient’s legal directive was to not be kept alive on life support; and thus the hospital was forced to remove her from life support per the legal directive.
Understandably, that caused Mr. Clark to pursue legal action against the hospital. Naturally, the hospital ruled in favor of the legal directive, and never even once apologized to Mr. Clark for needlessly & erroneously destroying his wife’s brain—of course it was never brought up that Mrs. Clark’s brain death was caused by Kepner’s negligence, and that the real legal issue wasn’t the legal directive to remove the patient from life support; but rather, the real issue was the hospital’s liability for the resident on staff who caused the brain death in the first place. That the hospital got away with that is utter crap seeing as it was April Kepner’s blatant negligence which caused Mrs. Clark’s brain to die.
Sadly, the hospital’s win & disregard for Mr. Clark’s claim caused him to go nuts, wandering thru the hospital killing & injuring dozens of innocent people.
Unbelievably, April Kepner wasn’t even reprimanded. And then to our utter shock & amazement, she was then promoted to Chief Resident shortly thereafter.
And that’s why Seattle Grace Hospital is ranked as “Number 12”—because in real life, unbeknownst to us patients, there are a LOT of April Kepners on staff in hospitals all around the country. We can only hope that in real life, April Kepner would be taking orders at Burger King after all the carnage her crappy medical services did to so many unsuspecting people.
But to think they actually thought she was the one good enough to be Chief Resident—SERIOUSLY?!
Yes, in the real world of medicine, there are multitudes of April Kepners out there. To our aggravation, it becomes our job as patients to make sure that we do our own medical homework—we have to in order to make sure that we don’t mistakenly select such a doctor as April Kepner for our medical needs. Unfortunately, we patients never really know just how bad a doctor really is until it’s way too late.
Take me for example: how was I supposed to know that my chosen obstetrician was a total & complete idiot who would end up killing my baby? After all, isn’t he the one with the fancy education & credentials? And yet he turned out to be nothing more than an arrogant, incompetent, high-grade moron. And thus, because of his bullshit medical “skills” my daughter ended up paying for his ineptness with her entire life. What’s worse, is that jackass doctor didn’t even say he was sorry as he walked out of my delivery room—taking with him over ten grand of my money, and leaving me with nothing but a shattered heart and a six pound corpse to bury.
We can only hope that April Kepner’s making it to her final Board Exam is a total TV faux pas. We in the real world can only pray that in real life April Kepner never ever ever would have made it that far in patient contact—at least I certainly hope not. That she failed her Board Exams is no surprise. That somehow she’ll probably manage to keep her job at Seattle Grace is no surprise either.
I just think it’s a total shame that George O’Malley—the notable “elevator guy” who courageously saved so many critical patients—a guy who could think fast on his feet, logged more hours in the skills lab, and had remarkably great patient skills was the one they dubbed, 007-Licensed to Kill. All the while April Kepner who actually ended up killing two patients in less than two years, and was the impetus for getting dozens of others shot & killed…somehow she was regarded as one to be the highly esteemed Chief Resident.
Fiction it may be, but it happens in real life way more than any of us cares to admit. Truly, more often than not, medicine is total bullshit!
And that’s what I think about that.