*If you’re old enough, you may remember Doogie Howser, the lovable teen doctor portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris in the late 80’s to early 90’s. Well folks got another taste of this recently, but it wasn’t on TV.
He called himself, “Dr. Robinson,” and after the fact, hospital staff at St, Mary’s Medical Center in Florida found themselves scratching their heads saying, “I thought something was strange about that young man!” Now you know folks need a good talking to if they didn’t question the teenage boy with the stethoscope around his neck, calling himself doctor.
But apparently, they were too busy being impressed.
The teen walked the halls of the Medical Center in West Palm Beach for four weeks straight before anyone thought something was a bit off kilter.
Police described him as wearing a white coat with the St. Mary’s logo.
“I think it’s just crazy. I can’t believe he got away with it for a month,” Stacy Morales said.
Finally, he was busted while wearing a stethoscope around his neck and a mask on his face.
At the time, he was in an examination room with a patient.
“He presented himself with a patient of our practice and introduced himself as Dr. Robinson,” Dr. Sebastian Kent, an OB/GYN with St. Mary’s Medical Center, said.
According to the police report, the teen was inside the examination room with a patient when Dr. Kent conducted an exam.
“The first thing I thought was, ‘I am getting, I am really getting old because these young doctors look younger every year,” Dr. Kent said.
The licensed doctor called security, who then called police.
But the security guards had seen the young man around the hospital for weeks – thinking he was someone who belonged there.
“I saw him outside our office building with policemen surrounding him. I believe they had him in handcuffs. There was quite a commotion,” Dr. Kent said.
The hospital said in a statement:
“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.”
The teen’s mother rushed to the scene, saying her son has an illness.
She said he had not been taking his medication.
Police and the hospital have decided not to charge the teen.
That’s one lucky dude!
Watch the WSB-TV Atlanta news report directly below.