THE ER IS A WAR ZONE FOR A COUNTRY GIRL, AND A CHARMING PATIENT
DISRUPTS THE HOSPITAL, ON "HOPKINS," THURSDAY, JULY 10 AT ON ABC
In the third episode of "Hopkins" a woman from rural West Virginia finds an inner city Emergency Room to be an eye-opener, while a high spirited heart transplant patient plays hooky the day of his surgery and gambles with his life. The series continues to capture astounding scenes of medical crisis, with young doctors forced to make life and death decisions on the fly. The result is a stunningly intimate portrait of the men and women who call this hospital home. "Hopkins" airs THURSDAY, JULY 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Ann Czarnik is a blonde, blue-eyed, country girl from West Virginia who speaks her mind. But she wasn't prepared for the carnage of the Hopkins ER, which serves one of the country's most devastated urban landscapes due in part to East Baltimore's high rates of gun violence, STDs and intravenous drug use. Relying on a sarcastic sense of humor, Czarnik's life is filled with moments where tragedy and hilarity intersect.
Meanwhile, Earl Ingemann is a 19-year-old Bermudian with dreadlocks in need of a heart transplant. He is constantly eluding doctors and nurses who want him to stay put and behave like other patients on the heart transplant list. But Earl would rather prowl the hospital, go out for junk food, play video games and get his hair braided. However, he needs something more than a routine heart transplant, and doctors are worried. This hour documents the fascinating steps that need to be taken for his transplant and the obstacles that they face � including when the doctors miss a flight that will potentially compromise the arrival of Earl's new heart.
Also in this episode, viewers see Brian and his wife Amber try to reconcile.
"Hopkins" offers a rare look at the impact that this demanding and high pressure profession can have on doctors' personal lives. For four months, ABC News' high definition cameras had unparalleled access to this legendary hospital. Over one hundred caregivers and patients gave their consent to be filmed. Culled from nearly fifteen hundred hours of footage, "Hopkins" contains scenes that are remarkably raw and private. "Hopkins" also examines the interplay between the public and private worlds of the men and women who wear the white coats. There are no narrators in "Hopkins," the voices belong to the patients and doctors. Interwoven storylines unfold in scenes of cin�ma v�rit� sequence.
Terence Wrong is producer and executive producer. Brad Hebert and Alex Piper are supervising producers. Rudy Bednar is senior executive producer.