The Law of Contagion
This week’s episode of Saving Hope, “The Law of Contagion,” centered on a potential outbreak virus spreading through the hospital. A man was brought in off a plane, complaining of symptoms that seemed like appendicitis. But then he died in the operating room and the doctors learned he’d passed through Mumbai where a medical alert had just been issued. Another passenger from the plane got sick as well as the first doctor who treated him at Hope Zion. Both of them also died.
Patient zero was Carlos Garcia, complaining of abdominal pain after returning home from a trip to Mumbai. Alex suspected a ruptured appendix but couldn’t find anything wrong in surgery. Garcia’s vitals crashed on the operating table, leaving Alex unable to explain why she lost him. The answer wasn’t good news. A report came in about an outbreak of coronavirus in Mumbai. You know, like SARS? Fearing the worst, Alex convinced Brian and Dana to shut down the OR.
In the meantime, for the second major story, the hospital is dealing with a very serious issue – a possible contagion brought in by a patient. When a patient presents with serious abdominal pain, then dies on the operating table, no one is sure why. The discovery that he had traveled from a city where an outbreak of a SARS like virus was recently reported makes it clear not only why he died, but also how potentially serious the problem they are facing has become. The problem is that the hospital administrator resists locking down the hospital for fear of bad publicity.
Charlie was really confused, but then it turned out that Charlie had buried the memory of the accident and he’d been there too, in the backseat and he watched them die. It was traumatic and sad, but seriously, what was the point? It sort of woke Charlie up, or at least it made him open his eyes and roll over so when Alex saw that he’d moved she had fresh hope that he was going to wake up. But tuxedo-Charlie just seemed sad.