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St. Elsewhere: Down's Syndrome

Bombing suspect Andrew Reinhardt continues to draw attention, while Stephen McAllister, the husband of one of his victims, wrestles with his wife's uncertain future. Westphall offers a pair of potential donors a grand tour of the facility (including viewing a surgery). The Whitehills face a hard choice when they learn their unborn son has Down's Syndrome, a genetic disorder that will life a continual challenge for the boy and his entire family. Do they keep the child, or have an abortion?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x3
Production Number: 2304
Airdate: Tuesday November 16th, 1982

Guest Stars
Barbara WhinneryBarbara Whinnery
As Cathy Martin
Kim MiyoriKim Miyori
As Dr. Wendy Armstrong
Jack Bannon (1)Jack Bannon (1)
As Stephen MacAllister
Deborah WhiteDeborah White
As Nina Morrison
Tony BillTony Bill
As Brian Whitehill
Maureen AndermanMaureen Anderman
As Denise Whitehill
Virginia KiserVirginia Kiser
As Mrs. Beardsley
Thomas HillThomas Hill
As The Judge

Co-Guest Stars
Lance GuestLance Guest
As Orderly Sean Rooney
Tim RobbinsTim Robbins
As Andrew Reinhardt
Sandy MartinSandy Martin
As Mrs. Lawson
Betty ColeBetty Cole
As Miss Taylor
Jeanna BarronJeanna Barron
As Michelle Whitehill
Michelle WalkerMichelle Walker
As Stephanie Whitehill
John Walter DavisJohn Walter Davis
As Bram Hammond
Vance Colvig, Jr.Vance Colvig, Jr.
As Mr. Pechar
Main Cast
William DanielsWilliam Daniels
As Dr. Mark Craig
Ed Begley, Jr.Ed Begley, Jr.
As Dr. Victor Ehrlich
Howie MandelHowie Mandel
As Dr. Wayne Fiscus
David MorseDavid Morse
As Dr. Jack Morrison
Christina PicklesChristina Pickles
As Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Denzel WashingtonDenzel Washington
As Dr. Philip Chandler
David BirneyDavid Birney
As Dr. Benjamin Samuels
Ed FlandersEd Flanders
As Dr. Donald Westphall
G.W. BaileyG.W. Bailey
As Dr. Hugh Beale
Kavi RazKavi Raz
As Dr. V. J. Kochar
Terence KnoxTerence Knox
As Dr. Peter White
Cynthia SikesCynthia Sikes
As Dr. Annie Cavanero
Kim MiyoriKim Miyori
As Dr. Wendy Armstrong
Ellen BryEllen Bry
As Nurse Shirley Daniels
Episode Notes
Down Syndrome, also called trisomy 21, occurs when an error in meiosis produces a germ cell with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. A normal cell has two copies of each chromosome (except the gender chromosomes in males). Those with trisomy have three. The extra chromosome causes a number of problems including decreased intellect and various facial abnormalities. Outcomes are highly variable, ranging from relatively high-functioning to nearly completely dependent on caregivers.

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