Medic: Season 1, Episode 21

Death Is a Red Balloon (21 Mar. 1955)

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A young wife and mother is suddenly stricken with a brain aneurysm. Now the couple must decide between short-term treatment hoping for no recurrence, or risk delicate brain surgery to remedy the problem.

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Sara Harte ...
Agnes Frasier
Christopher Dark ...
Tom Frasier
Robert Stevenson ...
Dr. Stanley (as Robert Forrest)
Gordon Wynn ...
Dr. Bowen
Chris Warfield ...
Dr. Miles
Arthur Lovejoy ...
Dr. Sandburg
Ed Sweeny ...
Hoyt Miles
Russell Whitney ...
Minister
Ray Ferrell ...
Billy
Courtland Blake ...
(as Courtland Blake M.D.)
Victor Kuenkel ...
(as Victor Kuenkel M.D.)
Sally Ito ...
(as Sally Ito R.N.)
Fideles F. Thornbury ...
(as Fideles F. Thornbury R.N.)
Arlene E. Mitchell ...
(as Arlene E. Mitchell R.N.)
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A young wife and mother is suddenly stricken with a brain aneurysm. Now the couple must decide between short-term treatment hoping for no recurrence, or risk delicate brain surgery to remedy the problem.

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A Horrific Decision
3 October 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The topic here is neuro-surgery. More time is taken up with the delicate medical procedure than usual. Still it's complex brain surgery to correct an aneurysm, so that's understandable. Cleverly, the script leads us through the operation by having a doctor-observer describe the details to a student-observer while we eavesdrop. Dark is excellent as the conflicted young husband who must help decide whether his wife, Harte, should risk the operation or not. After all, she may never have a recurrence, but then a recurrence could strike at any moment without the surgery. So it's a dice roll either way. Overall, viewers are left with the challenge of what they would do in the young couple's place.


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