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If you've never heard of or seen the show, Untold Stories of the E.R., here's your chance to get a heads up on what this show's about. The premise of the program is precisely what the title implies. A reenactment of actual events in Emergency Rooms all across the country.

The episodes involve actors portraying patients and hospital staff that recreate actual events that occur in the E.R. Most episodes begin with unusual, hard to diagnose symptoms or freak accidents that baffle the hospital staff.

Once the episode begins, the narrator and commentary from those at the original scene give the account of how the event unfolded and clues as to where the story will go. Oftentimes, the outcome is a surprise. The nurses, doctors, paramedics, and other medical staff provide personal accounts of each incident as well as the patients and their families.

The show usually consists of two separate events and follows each from the time they enter the E.R. until they leave and for some, provides follow up information as to their condition once leaving. The diagnosis in many instances is a complete surprise to staff as well as the audience. The progression from admissions to discharge may be condensed into a one hour episode but the patients portrayed on this program are not diagnosed in this time frame.

This show provides an inside look at the sometimes chaotic situations that the E.R. has to deal with on a surprisingly regular basis. While many of the episodes revolve around interesting patients with strange problems, some involve serious cases that give a glimpse into the unexpected tragedies people face everyday.

The show not only dramatizes medical emergencies from start to finish but also gives real accounts by the medical staff about how they handle each case and what they do to maintain themselves to prepare them for this very demanding job.

Friday 9:00 PM et/pt on TLC
13 Seasons, 153 Episodes
April 26, 2004
Documentary & Biography
7.7/10
Cast: Jenne Kang, Linda America, Roy Vongtama, Lucy Doty
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Untold Stories of the E.R. Full Episode Guide

  • A man's itchy rash turns out to be more than just poison oak; a young woman is bleeding profusely from the inside of her lip, but there is no obvious cause; a family of three is admitted as car accident victims, but the doctor makes a shocking discovery.

  • Two separate car crash victims are brought to the ER in their underwear; a woman is acting delusional and refuses to allows the ER staff to touch her; and a doctor struggles to diagnose a dehydrated and nauseous 10-year-old.

  • A patient is brought to the ER with a live shark clamped onto his thigh, and he wants to save the shark! Complications arise for a woman with a life-threatening condition, and the mysterious condition that caused a man to pass out.

  • A circus sword-swallower experiences a persistent case of hiccups; a mom and daughter strangely collapse in the ER; a lady loses control of her legs during her daughter's graduation.

  • Doctors operate a robot to treat a seizing 7-year-old child; a chef's tongue is swelling; a lady who crashed her vehicle insists her injured dog be treated first.

  • A young gal is mysteriously paralyzed from the middle down; a young guy gripes of a splitting headache; a bride-to-be gets appendicitis on her wedding day.

  • A patient suddenly begins seizing; an ER doctor is at a restaurant when she is tossed into an emergency situation to save a child; a pregnant lady's heart is racing.

  • A young boy at a sleepover party strangely loses control over his arms and legs; a lady is shot in the leg at her own bachelorette bash; bubbles in a woman's arteries are generating a stroke.

  • A man is impaled in his abdomen by a stiletto heel; a seemingly healthy outdoorsman has a series of seizures that baffle his doctors; two patients make their doctor suspicious when they both complain about identical headaches that started during sex.

  • An ER doctor's friend arrives at the hospital combative and out of control; a cyclist's throat is torn open when a driver opens a car door in her path; a nursing student is found passed out on the hospital floor.

  • A man with a slashed wrist has a startling secret; a woman gives birth unexpectedly, shocking the ER staff; a surgeon requires urgent treatment after falling off a bed while trying to help his patient.

  • A woman believes her neighbors want to kill her; a man is near death after an arrow pierces his chest; two women with swollen abdomens refuse to explain the cause of their pain.

  • When animals attack the results can be painful, poisonous and sometimes deadly.

  • Crimes that were incidentally solved because of doctors' diagnoses of their patients' conditions.

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