Teenager fools entire hospital, poses as doctor for a month before anyone notices
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police say a teen posed as a doctor at a hospital in south Florida for an entire month — and no one seemed to notice.
According to WSVN, the 17-year-old apparently walked the halls of St. Mary’s Medical Center wearing a white coat with a St. Mary’s logo and “anesthesiology” embroidered on the front.
“I think it’s just crazy. I can’t believe he got away with it for a month,” said Stacy Morales.
The impostor was busted while wearing a stethoscope around his neck and a mask on his face.
According to the police report, the teen was inside the examination room with a patient when Dr. Sebastian Kent conducted an exam.
“He presented himself with a patient of our practice and introduced himself as Dr. Robinson,” Kent said. “The first thing I thought was, ‘I am really getting old because these young doctors look younger every year.’”
The real doctor called security, who then called police.
Even security guards around the hospital had seen him for weeks and believed 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,” said Dr. Kent.
The teen’s mom responded to the scene telling police that her son had an undisclosed illness and he had not been taking his medication.
Hospital officials released a statement reading in part:
“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.”
Police and the hospital have decided not to charge the teenager.