Carol will hear whether her suspension is permanent or not. Mark and Doyle do what they can to get a patient with Down syndrome on a heart transplant list.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kerry Weaver
Peter Benton
Jerry Markovic
Dr. Greg Fischer (as Harry J. Lennix)
Dr. Donald Anspaugh
Dr. Jack Kayson
Norma Houston


It's decision day for Carol Hathaway who will learn the results of the investigation and whether her suspension will become permanent. She is also toying with the idea of writing the medical school admissions test. Benton finally comes to terms with the death of Dennis Gant and Dr. Hicks provides him with support. His pregnant ex-girlfriend Carla Reece doesn't want anything to do with him, however. Dr. Carter challenges Dr. Anspaugh's diagnosis of a patient. Mark Greene and Maggie Doyle desperately try to get a patient with Down's syndrome on a heart transplant list, but come up against an unexpected obstacle. Dr. Ross again meets a young cystic fibrosis patient he had treated several weeks before. Now 18 years old, he wants to Ross to remove him from the ventilator even though it almost certainly means he will die. Written by garykmcd

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20 February 1997 (USA)  »

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[Dr. Carter is showing everyone pictures from Benton's appendectomy]
Dr. Mark Greene: Yikes, what is that?
Dr. John Carter: That's Benton's appendix in a jar on my mantle.
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Faith (#3.16)
25 December 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

In this episode we see a lot of patients making decision that will end their lives. Like the young patient of Doug who is now 18 and wants to be taken of the respiratory device even though he will end up dying. And there is this very well made story about the women with a Down Syndrome who is not put on the heart transplant list. But when Mark finally manages to get her there, turns out that her mother doesn't want it as she doesn't see herself live for too long and doesn't want her to go to a home where she feels life is not of good quality. Both Mark and her mother make great arguments.

Carter also has some great time when he challenges a diagnosis and Carol also puts herself before a challenge to become a doctor and writes a pre med test.

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