'The Doctors': Travis Stork Hopes to Save Your Life
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When syndication's "The Doctors" returns with a fifth season on Tuesday, Sept. 11 (after a delay caused by the U.S. Open tennis tournament), a mother comes to tell the story about how the show may have saved her son's life.
"We had a couple of guests," says ER physician Dr. Travis Stork (in scrubs in photo above), during a break in taping on the show's sets at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, Calif., "and they shared stories that they'd seen on the show. One was a mother whose son had croup. She had remembered us talking about croup on the show.
"She remembered hearing what a croup cough sounds like, Her son was getting sick, and she knew, based on what we had said, that he needed to get to the ER then and there, within two hours."
And it's not just illness -- useful information can take many forms.
"We did a show recently," says Stork, "that included some victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting, called 'Would You Know What to Do in a 911 Emergency?' There aren't many people I've met who've gone through life without encountering one emergency medical situation. How you act in that emergency can eventually dictate what happens to you or your family member or your best friend for the rest of their lives."
Or, the situation might involve a pain in the ... gut.
"The show that I'm hosting this afternoon, for example," says Stork, "I'm able to sit in a room and say, 'This is what I want to talk about. This is what is important to me.' This gives me a chance to talk about abdominal pain, literally, abdominal pin. I'm going to spend an entire segment teaching you, if you have abdominal pain, is it an emergency or not?
"I'm going to teach you more than you ever knew in your entire life about what goes on in here." -- he points to his midsection -- "By the end of that segment, you should be able to know, if you wake up tomorrow, if your kid has abdominal pain or you do, if it's something that could be or maybe isn't so serious.
"You can never know too much when it comes to health, I'll tell you that right now."
"The Doctors" also features OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson (far left above); cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon (in the suit); and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears (in the lab coat; he's also the man who gave the good croup advice last year).
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