This Week on ‘NY Med’: Will Doctors Be Able to Replace a Father’s Liver in time for his Daughter’s Wedding

By David Ford

Jul 16, 2012 12:09pm

THIS WEEK ON “NY MED”

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A Daughter Getting Married Dreams Her Dad Will Walk Her Down the Aisle if Only Doctors Have Enough Time to Replace His Failing Liver

Plus: Meet a Top Trauma Surgeon Whose Fast Hands Save Lives, While He Battles with a Personal Trauma from his Past 

For a full year ABC News cameras had unprecedented access to document the mayhem and the miracles that occur daily inside the walls of Columbia and Weill Cornell Medical Centers, the crown jewels of the prestigious New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City for an eight-part series “NY Med“. Lutheran Medical Center also participated, adding a Brooklyn dimension to the series. In the second episode of “NY Med,” which airs on TUESDAY, JULY 17 at 10:00 PM/ET (10:00-11:00 pm) on the ABC Television Network, viewers will meet the following patients, doctors, and nurses:

Jon Kuhfeldt married the love of his life. His wife Sherry thought they’d grow old together. She didn’t count on a pernicious liver disease that would bring Jon to his knees and only weeks away from death. Jon’s only hope is a liver transplant and his only dream is to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding.

Sebastian Schubl is charming, flirtatious and devastatingly handsome. He also has the fastest and surest hands of any young trauma surgeon in recent memory. He got that way because he was thrown in the deep end as an intern starting out at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Then came Hurricane Katrina which washed away his job, his marriage and a city he had come to love. With his black scrub cap as a tribute to what he left behind, he focuses on saving lives.

Diana Costine and Katie Duke join Marina Dedivanovic in the ER to make a hilarious trio of nurses who don’t take guff from New Yorkers. They are adrenaline junkies who thrive on the unexpected. In this episode, Diana is required to give “scrotal support” to an abusive patient who is demanding Cheerios for breakfast. Katie also has her hands full with an unruly drunk who, despite his head wound, tries to make a break for it and has to be subdued by security guards.

“NY Med” follows the irascible, compassionate and, at times, cocky attending surgeons who try to change the trajectory of lives by relying on sheer medical brilliance and a healthy dose of old fashioned good luck.  The eight-part series takes a candid look at how cutting edge medicine often makes the difference, although even the best surgeons can find themselves flirting with disaster. The raucous ER staff trades jibes with strong-willed New Yorkers in moments that can be poignantly heartbreaking or off-the-hook hilarious. These doctors spend far more time with each other than with their families, developing complicated and intertwined personal relationships.

Terence Wrong is the executive producer of “NY Med.” Erica Baumgart and Chris Perera are the supervising producers. Monica DelaRosa is the series producer and Andy Genovese is the broadcast producer.

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