A bright and perky Torres, dressed and ready for work, opened her apartment door to find a subdued and very apologetic Arizona Robbins, her former lover, sitting on the cold concrete. smiling wearily. Robbins stood up and began to say how sorry she was for tearing off to Malawi and leaving Torres behind, how much she loved Torres, when Torres cut her short with "I have to get to work."
Downtown, near a college, Christina Yang was asking directions of a young man when ambulances and fire trucks began to drive past. Christina stood, mesmerized, staring in the direction the vehicles had taken. When she began to run after the trucks, the man told her she was heading in the wrong direction, but Yang just ignored him and picked up her pace.
At the hospital, Robbins was talking to Chief Webber who told her that she could not have her old job back because all the money had already been allocated and that it was her decision that she had left her medical post in Malawi, that she would have to find work elsewhere in the interim, which made her very unhappy. Webber was called to the phone and told by the chief of police that multiple shootings had just occurred at the local college, possibly two classrooms full of students, and that they were being brought in as the men spoke. Webber informed the staff, but it seemed that most of them already knew, thanks to a television tuned to a local news station. It was reported that a young man bearing a rifle had invaded the college and began shooting randomly, deliberately.
A policeman who had shot the shooter, bringing him down, was brought in among the first victims. His prognosis was not good, having been shot in the chest, his heart in grave danger. Doctor Shepherd and some interns were outside, intercepting the ambulances as they arrived when the ambulance bearing the policeman appeared. When the doors were opened, Christina Yang was seen inside, holding her hands over an open wound directly over the man's heart. She provided pressure to keep him from bleeding to death. Shepherd was shocked to see her in the ambulance, but welcomed her back and assisted getting the man to the trauma room.
A fifteen year old girl was brought in among the wounded, the ambulance attendants not sure if she would survive. Mark told April to call the local blood bank, to tell them to send over all the O negative blood they could spare. Her left leg was severely injured, so badly that Doctor Sloan felt it should be amputated immediately, but when Doctor Webber was informed of the situation, Sloan was asked to leave the case and allow other doctors to step in and save her leg.
John Sturgeon, one of the victims, had fallen from a fourth story window at the college, severely injuring his brain, causing it to swell, and surgery was needed immediately to allow the brain to have room to heal. His mother, Mrs. Sturgeon, was informed of the risks and surgery that was needed, and she opted to allow the doctors to follow through. Both sides of his skull were removed and frozen quickly to keep the bone from dying until such time that his brain was recovered enough to have the skull replaced. His situation was touch and go for several hours, but he pulled through, despite the prognosis that he could possibly have brain damage in the future. Mrs. Sturgeon was elated to be told that her son would be alright.
One young man was operated on, but before the operation could be finished, it was determined by the police chief and two of the doctors that he was the shooter. Chief Webber told the doctors to save any bullets they found in his body for evidence. Two of the interns working on the man objected to saving him, walking out of the operating room. Two more were found to finish the operation and the bullets recovered were saved for future evidence. The weary doctors left the injured shooter in the capable hands of the nurses and stepped into the lounge to relax and discuss what had just transpired. Several of the interns came up to them and said that they would not have continued to try to save the young man, but Doctor Grey said that she had been in just such a situation once, had considered leaving the man to his pending death, but had considered her Hippocratic oath more important and had gone on to complete the operation and save the man's life. She said that she could not have lived with herself if she had left him to die.
A candle light vigil was held by members of the public and families of the stricken students outside the hospital. They sang hymns and offered songs of praise for the doctors and nurses working on the victims, standing outside the hospital until after dark. Those watching from inside stood pressed against the rails, tears in their eyes and songs in their hearts.
Doctor Grey thanked Christina Yang for helping the victims and for sticking with her in such difficult circumstances. Yang looked down at the floor and said that it was the least that she could do. Grey hugged her and left to check up on some of her patients.
Chief Webber took the chief of police aside that evening and told him that the policeman who had brought down the young shooter would make it, though he could have some difficulty as time passed because of his brain damage. The police chief said that at least the man was alive and the prognosis looked good.
That evening, at the hospital, a weary Robbins sat beside an equally tired Torres, looked her in the eyes and said how very sorry she was for leaving her as she had last year. She told Torres how very much she still loved her, asked her please not to walk away and leave her, that she wanted to make a fresh, new beginning with Torres. Torres stood up, saying that she was not the one to walk away from the relationship, turned on her heel, and walked away, leaving a sorrowing Robbins behind. Share this article with your friends