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Teen Fools Hospital Into Thinking He's A Doctor For An Entire Month

... with only a lab coat.

Out of all the things you don’t want to happen during a visit to the OB/GYN office, a teenage boy sneaking in is definitely near the top of the list.

But that’s exactly what happened at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL, where a 17-year-old boy fooled the hospital by masquerading as a doctor for an entire month.

Apparently all you need to convince people you’re a legit medical professional is to wear a white lab coat, a face mask, and have a stethoscope hanging around your neck. OK, OK, so the coat actually did have the St. Mary’s logo and the word “Anesthesiology” embroidered on it. But still.

Thankfully, the imposter never actually tried to *be* a doctor. According to a statement from the hospital, he never had contact with any patients. Surveillance footage shows him walking around the hospital wings but never entering any rooms. So...maybe he was just doing it for some free snacks? Doctors get free snacks, right?

Multiple people — including security guards and actual, IRL doctors — told police they’d seen the culprit around the hospital for a month. It wasn’t until a patient in the OB/GYN office alerted staff about someone who “appeared to be a child” dressed as a doctor, according to the incident statement.


Police say no crime was committed, and the hospital isn’t pressing charges. The teen’s mother told police that her son has an undisclosed illness that he refuses to take medication for.