Caught in the act

This morning we admitted a young man to the intensive care unit with continuous seizures. He had rhythmic jerking and froth draining from his mouth.

I immediately ran to his bedside. As I began the exam and performed a few procedures, I realized that he was faking convulsions. I turned to the team and said “wow, this is the best fake seizure that I have ever seen. He must have learned some of the intricacies of the act from someone.”

We approached the family and told them our hypothesis. Surprisingly, they agreed and shook their heads in disappointment. We then learned that the patient was convicted of raping a young girl and was going to be sentenced today. He was trying to avoid his punishment.

As we walked back into the room, a member of the team said “Why don’t we intubate him and place a foley (a tube in his penis)? If we do, he will likely not try this stunt again.” I tried to be professional and pretend that his comment was not funny, but I was smiling on the inside.

We continued to round on other patients and the “convulsions” eventually stopped.

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One Response to “Caught in the act”

  1. Francisco Acosta Says:

    Just chop it off because he doesn’t know how to use it.

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