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Emergency Doctor Revisits Triumphant Case for Medical TV Show

Posted on Mon, Nov 05, 2012

Main-Photo-resized-600.JPGBy Jennifer Whitus, EmCare Marketing Communications Manager

Reality TV became especially real for one EmCare-affiliated physician. Andy Kahn, MD, FACEP, shared a remarkable ED experience with the producers of Untold Stories of the E.R., a television show on the Discovery Fit & Health network. The episode featuring Dr. Kahn was titled Bridesmaid Meltdown and premiered November 3.

“The episode combines three medical stories,” says Kahn. “A bridesmaid that drinks too much, a patient who has an eye pop out, and my segment, which is where an abandoned premature infant found in an ER toilet is resuscitated and survives and grows up into a healthy child.”

The abandoned baby weighed in at a frightening 2 lbs. 12 oz. Once the infant was healthy enough to be discharged, she was adopted.

“This baby was the smallest I have ever seen,” recalls Kahn. “She was eventually estimated by exam to be at 31 weeks. My family and I continue to visit [the child and her adoptive mother] every few years.”

Kahn prefers not to reveal too many of the details surrounding the treatment, in accordance with the wishes of the baby’s adoptive mother. In fact, the television show changed several of the particulars of the abandoned baby case, to protect the privacy of the family. Untold Stories of the E.R. uses reenactments and interviews with the actual participants to recreate dramatic events in American Emergency Departments.

“They used actors for the episode, and the adoptive mother prefers to keep all of the events surrounding the abandonment from the child,” said Kahn. “We shot some interviews in Dallas last May, then went up to Vancouver to shoot the rest last June. It was fun because my wife and three daughters went with me. They were in some scenes with me, too.”

kahn-family-resized-600.jpgDr. Kahn’s wife is also an EmCare-affiliated physician, Amy Kahn, MD, FACEP. They have worked with EmCare as emergency physicians for Baylor Garland since 2007.

“We met at Texas Tech University and both attended the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston for medical school. We both did residency training at UT Southwestern Medical Center (Parkland Hospital) in Dallas and we’re both ABEM board certified.”

Kahn has been sharing his television experience with friends and followers on social media, posting “behind the scenes” photos and videos from the production on Twitter and Facebook. The Kahn family celebrated the show’s debut with a small watching party at their house.

About Dr. Andy Kahn:

Dr. Kahn is an Emergency Physician in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in West Texas and went to Texas Tech University. He went to medical school at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and trained in Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Hospital in Dallas. He currently lives in Dallas with his wife, who is also an Emergency Physician with EmCare, and three daughters. Follow Dr. Kahn on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Andy_Kahn.

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