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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
11 Seasons, 133 Episodes - Currently Airing
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Untold Stories of the E.R. Full Episode Guide

  • A woman stops eating because she believes she is dead; a runner goes blind in one eye during a marathon and takes a detour to the ER; doctors are baffled by an ER tech's stroke-like symptoms, until someone he loves also becomes ill.

  • A doctor treats three gunshot victims who claim be innocent bystanders but the police want to know who shot who; on his first day on the job, a doctor must perform emergency brain surgery in the ER; a young bride-to-be suddenly slips into a diabetic coma.

  • A man's face and body suddenly double in size; an ER physician races to determine why a young woman is burning up from the inside out after a day at the beach; a grumpy old man nearly dies before revealing an emotional secret.

  • A woman's face-lift goes terribly wrong; a hospital chaplain's sudden personality change baffles the ER staff; a pregnant woman's life-threatening symptoms need urgent treatment but the doctor must convince others of the diagnosis he saw in her eyes.

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