Nurse: Yes? Can I help you?
Johnson: We're trying to find out the condition of a gentleman who was recently brought in. He was hit by a car and
Nurse: I'm sorry, sir. I really don't know any details; perhaps if you ask the head nurse at the station over there. (points to a counter.)
Johnson: Thank you, I'll do that. (He goes to the counter.) Excuse me; I wonder if you can give me some information about Dr. Cy Krueger. He was just brought here by ambulance (He sees a green clad doctor removing a surgical mask as he comes out of the operating room.)
Dr. Field: I'm Doctor David Field; I'm looking for the relatives or friends of Dr. Krueger.
Steve: I'm responsible for him. These are his friends and business associates.
Dr. Field: I'm afraid I have some bad
Helga: Oh, no! (moaning, she sinks to the floor in a faint. Dr. Field catches her before she hits her head.)
Dr. Field: Nurse! Could you please assist me? ( A nurse rushes to his side. Together they place Helga on a chair. They are checking her vital signs as she comes to.)
Helga: Dr. Krueger
why such a good man
. (She begins weeping again.)
Webb: We're ruined! Without Krueger (gnashing his teeth.)
Johnson: Now what are we going to do? (runs fingers through hair.)
Turner: He's dead?
Dr. Field: No! He's not dead. (Their faces register shock and relief at his words.)
Helga: But you said
Dr. Field: I didn't have a chance to finish my statement. As I was saying, the bad news is that Dr. Krueger sustained chest contusions, broken ribs, and a concussion. But the good news is that it is extremely remarkable for a man his age that the injuries were not much worse. However, he is going to need some long term care.
Webb: (collapsing into a chair) So he's going to be all right?
Turner: (wipes his brow with handkerchief) The company is still safe!
Steve: (glares at both of them) Doctor, how long do you need to keep him here? I'd like to take him home with me. I'll be responsible for his care.
Natalie: (jumps to feet, placing hand on Steve's arm) we'll both be responsible for Cy. I can help take care of him.
Steve: Thanks, Natalie. That would really help a lot. (He looks at her gratefully.)
Dr. Field: I'd like to keep Dr. Krueger overnight; then assess how he is doing in the morning. He will be in a lot of pain, so let me write a prescription that you can get filled before taking him home. Why don't you all go home and get good nights sleep. We can talk again in the morning.
Steve: (shaking hands with doctor) Thanks, doctor. I'll be back in the morning. Is 7:00 O.K?
Dr. Field: No, you're going to need more sleep than that! Come back around 10. By then I'll have a better idea of whether we need to keep him here another day.
Steve: Is it all right to see him before we leave?
Dr. Field: I can only allow one of you in the room at the present time.
Webb: As president of the company, I think I should be the one to go in.
Steve: No, considering your lack of concern for Cy, I will be the one to go see him!
Dr. Field: I think that would be best.
Steve: Doctor, I'm wondering if I should just stay in the room until he wakes up instead of coming back early tomorrow. Could I sleep in a chair tonight?
Dr. Field: It's a good idea. After suffering such a trauma at his age, he needs to see a friendly face. I can have a cot put in the room.
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