4 of the most bizarre cases on Grey’s Anatomy
When it comes to medical emergencies on Grey’s Anatomy, the stranger the situation, the more interesting the episode! Binge Seasons 1-15 on Showmax now.
Medical dramas don’t get much better than Grey’s Anatomy (2005-current) and that’s good news if you’re a Showmax subscriber. Seasons 1-15 are available to stream or download right now, and that means a lot of patients on the operating table.
But such a demand to heal the sick calls for a special leader. Show creator Shonda Rhimes explains that she was sitting in her PJs one day dreaming up a new character and show. “I kept asking myself: ‘What kind of woman should this heroine be?’ I thought she should be someone who had made some big mistakes. And despite that, she still wants to save lives and make a difference.”
The result of Shonda’s creativity is Dr Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo), who has been battling personal problems since day 1 while trying to balance her career at Seattle Grace hospital. That’s been a tough ride over the seasons and Dr Grey has had her hands full with some very surprising cases. Between the doctors’ dramas, the soundtrack (hello there, Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars in the Season 2 finale) and losing patients, it’s one of the saddest shows around. But at the same time, it’s filled with blood, broken bones and some of the strangest medical cases you’ve ever heard. Watch now »
Do you remember these extraordinary medical emergencies?
1. Heavyweight tumour
It’s all surgeons on deck in Season 1, episode 6, when a woman is admitted to Seattle Grace with a 32kg tumour growing in her stomach. But it’s not a “simple” surgery with a snip here and a snip there – instead, surgical interns Christina (Sandra Oh) and George (TR Knight) are called in to hold up the tumour while the surgeons slice their way through a 14-hour operation.
2. Bloody nightmare
A chemo patient has a deadly reaction to her treatment in Season 3, episode 14 – but she’s not in harm’s way. Turns out her blood has become toxic to anyone who comes in contact with it or even gets the slightest whiff. Mid operation, the doctors start collapsing around her as soon as they smell the blood. No doctors completing the surgery means certain doom – but they can’t very well stop operating.
3. Concrete case
A teenager is dragged into the OR in Season 4, episode 16, and we do mean dragged. He was dared into lying in a concrete mixer during the night and rather than tell his friends there was a problem, he waited until the concrete had set. The docs are stumped as to their plan of action but it’s not long before they’re chipping away to free the boy, who was neck-deep in a cement bodysuit.
4. Slicing and dicing to safety
A sinkhole traps a husband and wife in the middle of town in Season 8, episode 1. With no way to get down to their patient, doctors Owen and Callie (Kevin McKidd and Sarah Ramirez) talk the wife through amputating her husband’s leg that is trapped under a car.
One thing is for sure at Seattle Grace Hospital: life (and medicine) is never dull!
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