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A Child's Cry for Help (1994)

A recently widowed doctor moves with her daughter to start at a new hospital. While there a loving mother brings her son in for treatment. The doctor suspects that there is something wrong,... See full summary »

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Dr. Paula Spencer
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Monica Shaw
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Donald Prescott
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Amanda Spencer
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Thelma
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Dr. Everett Morris
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Brad Currie
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Dr. Alec Jefferson
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Eric Shaw (as Zachary Charles)
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Peter Lively
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John Pinetta
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Cal Warner
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A recently widowed doctor moves with her daughter to start at a new hospital. While there a loving mother brings her son in for treatment. The doctor suspects that there is something wrong, and theorizes that the mother is deliberately making her son sick so that she could bring him to the hospital for the attention that it gives her. When the doctor decides to restrict the mother's access to her son and is reporting her to child services, the mother in turn decides to sue the doctor and the hospital. And some of the hospital board don't agree with her diagnosis or think that she's over-reacting. And even while the mother's not allowed access to her son, he is still sick, so is the doctor right or wrong? Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Well-done by Veronica Hamel....
18 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

as a physician who suspects a perfect mother of "Munchausen's Syndrome by proxy", an illness which causes a mother to make her child sick, then rescue the child to garner psychological attention. The disease is real, and the Pam Dawber as mother of the week is both believable and detestable.

Hamel is basically Chairman of the Emergency department but runs into obstacles from the beginning. Dawber's son first has E. Coli infection, then other mysterious illnesses. Hamel finally puts the child under strict quarantine.

The story unfolds with a good performance by Hamel. Wish she was cast in more of these roles. She looks wonderful, and her acting is always believable. 8/10.


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