Sometimes the character drama pulls focus away from the patients whose stories underscore the drama of Grey’s Anatomy. Here are 11 patients you should remember from season 11.
Remember the guy with the tree in his stomach? How about the 10 year old Meredith thought was pregnant? These two cases and plenty more flooded the ER of Grey Sloan Memorial long before April brought a patient in on a tow truck. Take a look back at the best cases the doctors of Grey’s Anatomy tackled in season 11.
Owen’s mother takes a fall
Ok, this first one is not so much a great medical case as it is a spectator sport for those who like to cringe! Owen Hunt’s mother is admitted to the hospital after taking a fall in her shower. But it is the case of the mysterious, young eye candy at her side that raises everyone’s blood pressure except the patient’s. Owen must deal with treating his mother’s hidden heart condition while also making sure that her heart is protected outside of the OR.
The root of the problem
Over the years we’ve seen people enter the hospital with forks in their legs, nails in their skull, and even a group of people impaled on a single pole. But this may be the first tree to impale a patient on Grey’s Anatomy. While it is not as interesting as the patient from season 3 who was turning into a tree, it did give us this excellent gif:
Oh baby, baby
Outside of the ER, Meredith happens upon a young girl who looks like she is in labor. Her stomach is hard and rigid, but she cannot be more than ten years old. In an attempt to keep her citizenship out of the spotlight, a mother waited until the last possible minute to send her daughter off to the hospital alone for treatment. This case developed into a great moment for Alex to step into his role as a pediatric attending at Grey Sloan and help both the girl and her mother.
Battle of the bionic leg
The only extended trial we saw of Owen and Callie’s veteran project turned into a competition between two army buddies who lost their legs. During the trial, Callie pushed both of the guys into a healthy competition which nearly ended the research after one patient literally took a step too far and slipped into a coma after smashing his head on the way down. While comas are never fun, it was a great to look at the progress of Callie, Owen, and by extension, Derek’s work.
Don’t you hate it when you sneak off with your girlfriend and a gurney flies off the roof of the hospital and crashes into your make out mobile? Yeah, us too. That was the case for two teens, one who is being treated for cancer as they hoped to share a private moment together outside of the hospital. Lesson learned, do not sit under a helipad when the wind is kicking.