The show is called Chicago Med, and the episode features a father who has violated an order of protection to bring his son, who is dying of end stage renal failure, to the hospital. Once he gets there the staff discover that there is a BOLO, a “be on the lookout” notice, on him because of that violation. So they call the police to come get him just as his son’s heart starts to fail and death is imminent.
The obvious solution is to find out if the father is a match for donating a kidney, and the tests reveal that he is, so the medical staff and the father decide that it makes sense for him to donate a kidney to save his son’s life. But the hospital administrator says no. Why? The problem is that the father is going right to prison after the operation, and the unhealthy prison environment could lead to complications that could kill him within 30 days of his organ donation. If he dies within 30 days of surgery at the hospital, the hospital is liable. That might destroy their accreditation as a Regional Organ Transplant Center. It comes down to the boy’s life vs. the future of the hospital, because no other matching donors are available and the boy has only hours to live.
This hospital contacts another hospital across town, asking if they will do the transplant under these circumstances. While they are waiting for a reply from the other hospital the father, fearing the other hospital will also refuse, grabs a gun from one of the policemen guarding him and uses the pistol to threaten people and demand that the kidney transplant be done immediately. Now you wonder, how does the father expect to have his kidney taken while he’s there with a gun trying to force the surgery? Can you envision an elegant solution to this dilemma?
The father’s solution is simple, once they agree to the transplant. He lowers the gun, the police move in, and shoots himself in the head before they can stop him.
Christ the son sacrificed himself on the cross, crucified between two criminals, so that he might have many sons in the Kingdom of heaven. This father violated the order of protection, because his wife was not getting treatment for his son, who is dying. The father was left with the choice to allow his son to die or to sacrifice himself so that his son might live. Oh yeah, the other hospital was willing to do the transplant, they found out after the father shot himself in the head.
Granted, this is not a great analogy to Christ, but not a terrible one either and yeah it is refreshing to see a father portrayed on TV as a hero.