Teen Posed as OB/GYN at Hospital for a Month Before Getting Caught

A real-life teen Doogie Howser -- minus the credentials and actual medical knowledge -- was reportedly able to pose as an OB/GYN at a Florida hospital for one month before doctors realized he wasn't who he was pretending to be. Prepare to be creeped out: the 17-year-old boy was reportedly caught as he was giving a woman an examination at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

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The teen actually dressed up in a white lab coat with a "St. Mary's" logo and "anesthesiology" embroidered on the front, according to staffers who assumed he was their colleague. Police say he had many employees convinced that he was a doctor and that a surveillance video caught him roaming the hallways of St. Mary's without actually entering any rooms.

Gynecologist Sebastian Kent finally concluded that something was up after he realized the teen's medical training seemed odd. He called hospital security and the police and later revealed the teen had left a note on his desk, requesting that he be allowed to "shadow" Kent.

Kent says he was discovered in the room with a patient and had introduced himself as "Doctor Robinson." He was even wearing a stethoscope around his neck and a mask on his face.

Holy moly.

The hospital released the following statement after this embarrassing incident went public:

The individual never had contact with any hospital patients and did not gain access to any patient care areas of the hospital at any time. The hospital immediately notified local authorities, who took the individual into custody, and we are cooperating with their ongoing investigation.

This might all have a simple, yet sad, explanation. The teen's mom reportedly rushed to the hospital to let authorities know her son has an illness and has not taken his medication. Police have decided not to charge the teen, which I think is the right move, especially considering the fact that he may have a mental disorder. If this is the case, prison is the last place that is going to help him.

With all that said, is anyone else wondering how no one looked at this teen and thought, Hold on just a second. I mean, 25-year-olds are beginning to look young to me, I admit, BUT a 17-year-old?! Furthermore, wasn't he supposed to be at school at the time he was playing doctor? How did this go unnoticed for an entire month?

Are you surprised this teen got away with this for so long? Do you think he should have been charged for a crime?

 

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