Florida teen posed as doctor, was in exam room as OB/GYN examined patient

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Police said a teenager in Florida was "playing doctor" inside a real medical facility, and the imposter even got inside an exam room with an OB/GYN doctor and a patient.

The teen posing as a doctor apparently walked the halls of Saint Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Police said he wore a white coat with a Saint Mary's logo and anesthesiology embroidered on the front.

“I think it's just crazy,” Stacy Morales said. “I can't believe he got away with it for a month."

The teen’s actions may be reminiscent of Doogie Howser, but this teen was not a prodigy, just a phony.

The teen was busted while he was wearing a mask on his face and a stethoscope around his neck. He was in an examination room with a patient.

"He presented himself with a patient of our practice and introduced himself as Dr. Robinson,” said Dr. Sebastian Kent of St. Mary’s Medical Center.

The police report states that, according to multiple nurses and Dr. Kent--who is the real doctor inside the OB/GYN office--the fake doctor was inside the examination room with the patient when Dr. Kent conducted an exam.

“The first thing I thought was I am getting, I am really getting old because these young doctors look younger every year,” Kent said of the experience.

The real doctor called security, who called police. It appears personnel, even security guards around the hospital, had seen him for weeks and believed he was indeed someone official.

“I saw him outside our office building with policemen surrounding him, I believe they had him in handcuffs, there was quite a commotion,” Dr. Kent said.

The hospital released this statement: “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.”

The teen’s mother reportedly responded to the scene, and she told police that her son has an undisclosed illness and had not been taking his medication. Both police and the hospital elected not to file charges against the teen.



  • miles (dave)

    i cant think of any situation anyone could be in that would render them not fully responsible for there actions that would also let them succeed at impersonating a medical professional. i mean sure you could have hallucinations or severe chemical imbalances or any number of other reasons but all of them that i can think of would also make acting professional at all impossible. besides wouldnt he also be responsible for not taking his medication.

    dont get me wrong im not saying hang him because he very well could have a legitimate reason for what happened but i just dont think the chances of it are very high

    • just plain ridiculous

      Miles I completely agree with you. Also agree with Shantell’s comment below. He really should be held responsible and your argument makes sense. He’s aware of his illness because he’s taking medication so he’s responsible to know to take it as prescribed. He was supposedly so good at playing doctor then he’s good at manipulating people into thinking he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Clearly he’s perverted! He was in the exam room with the REAL doctor! Who’s so embarassed he released this statement to the public about not knowing – obviously that’s a lie. And here’s the guilty mother stepping in screaming “Poor baby” about her son! We all know what he’s doing is WRONG! AND he GOT AWAY WITH IT!!!!!!!!! Disgusting!

      • miles (dave)

        i know right. however after talking about this story with a friend… well i dont know where he got his information from but he said in most cases like this they would place him in the (i dont know what the right word for this is so ill use the word) forced care, of a mental care facility. in other words he would be basically imprisoned at a mental hospital where he would be forced back onto a regular regiment of the medications he should take. and all of this is not a criminal charge so he may have received some form of punishment but just not using the legal system

        the story said “Both police and the hospital elected not to file charges against the teen.” not that he got off scott free. but all my statements above are just the opinions of a friend and i know hes on some major drugs for a chemical imbalance so he may know exactly how it works or maybe not.

  • shantell speaker

    I thinks we let teenager get away with things to much. They should have charge him. I scare about going to my doctor appointment now. You don’t know really know if doctor real now after hear a teenage boy be get away with visit Ob for a month before doctor and staff notice him. The doctor Kent said teenage boy was with him and patient. I don’t feel safe now visit my doctor for my next Ob appointment after hearing that police and hospital just let him getting away with playing doctor for a month.

    • Miss L.A

      RE: “…I don’t feel safe now visit my doctor for my next Ob appointment…”
      Then go back to your country or stop seeing Dr.’s here.

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