A RESIDENT'S POTENTIALLY CAREER-ENDING MISTAKE AND
THE FIRST BICOASTAL THREE-WAY KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
IN HISTORY, ON "HOPKINS," THURSDAY, JULY 31 ON ABC
In the sixth episode of Hopkins, a first year surgical resident makes a potentially career-ending mistake, while a pioneering surgeon tries the first bicoastal three-way kidney transplant in history. Astounding scenes of medical crisis with young doctors forced to make life and death decisions continue throughout the series, resulting is a stunningly intimate portrait of the men and women of Johns Hopkins Hospital. "Hopkins" airs THURSDAY, JULY 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
**Please note that the finale of "Hopkins" will air next Thursday, August 7**
In this episode:
When Oscar Serrano, a first year surgical resident in surgery, commits a major rookie blunder, puncturing a patient's lung, his career could be over. While the patient is frustrated at first, she fortunately understands his error, as do his mentors, who know that making mistakes is part of becoming a doctor.
Robyn Brandon needs a kidney and her husband, Alan, wants to give her one. But his kidney is not a match. Hopkins surgeon Robert Montgomery engineers a bicoastal three-couple kidney swap that depends on everybody keeping their word. Viewers see a fascinating journey of the extreme measures people and surgeons go to for organ transplants.
Pediatric transport nurse Teresa DeVaughn already has a son fighting in Iraq, but in an ambulance speeding towards Hopkins, she wages her own war to keep a young boy alive. Meanwhile, pediatric resident Carmen Coombs is assigned to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she confronts some of the most stressful situations in the hospital. Parents of premature babies hope against hope that Coombs and her colleagues will be able to keep their children alive. For Coombs, finding ways to relax are essential to being able to function at home and on the job.
"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 100 caregivers and patients gave their consent to be filmed. Culled from nearly 1500 hours of footage, "Hopkins" contains scenes that are remarkably raw and private, and 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 cinema verite.
Terence Wrong is producer and executive producer. Brad Hebert and Alex Piper are supervising producers. Rudy Bednar is senior executive producer.