The individual was pretending to be a physician at St. Mary's Medical Center
This might be the most realistic game of “playing doctor,” ever.
Police said a teenager who had been posing as a doctor at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, for a month – and even got inside an exam room, according to WSVN-TV – is not being charged.
Employees were alerted to the impostor, who has not been publicly identified, on Tuesday, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
A patient at the hospital said she expressed concern when a young male “who looked like a child” was in the exam room during a visit to the hospital’s gynecology offices.
“The individual never had contact with any hospital patients and did not gain access to any patient care of the hospital at any time,” the hospital said in a statement to the Sun-Sentinel.
Dr. Sebastian Kent, an OB-GYN at the medical center, told ABC News Friday that he had encountered the teen.
“He was wearing a lab coat, a white coat very similar to a doctor’s coat,” Kent said. “Initially, and certainly looking back retrospectively, I thought, ‘You know this person looks so young.’ And I just [thought]: ‘Boy, they’re getting out of med school really quickly now.’ ”
The teen was wearing a white coat with the St. Mary’s Medical Center logo and “anesthesiology” stitched on it.
A security guard also said that he had seen the juvenile around the hospital for at least a month, according to a West Palm Beach Police incident report, the Sun-Sentinel said.
WSVN-TV reports that the boy’s mother told officers her son has been in the care of a physician but refuses to take his medicine. He also suffers from an undisclosed illness.