SERIES 8 EPISODE
7 CLOSE TO HEAVEN - Part 1
Andrew and Sam attend the inquest of Beeches patient Mrs Machin. Andrew
successfully gives his medical opinion on Mrs Machinís death, however Sam fails
to produce medical records to back up his own opinion. The inquest is postponed
until Sam can get the records. Andrew is furious at Sam's incompetence and
insists he gets Dawn to fax over Mrs Machin's entire medical history. Neither
Andrew or Dawn are impressed with the hold up as they were due to meet for lunch.
BRIDGET: Perhaps he's decided to take Sam to lunch instead
Not if he values his life he hasn't
Teenager Rachel visits Joanna. Rachel has been experiencing headaches and
blurred vision. Joanna wants her to have a CT scan as Rachel has previously had
a brain tumour. Rachel leaves the surgery and tells Joanna she will go home and
tell her father the situation before going for her scan.
When the inquest finally finishes Andrew and Sam are barely on speaking terms.
Andrew thinks Sam was too precise and handled a straightforward inquest in a
complicated manner. Sam argues that he was just relaying the facts as he saw
them. On their way back to The Beeches in Andrewís car they are stopped in the
road by a distraught woman. She takes them to a nearby river where her husband
Simon is unconscious after their paddle boat collided with some forestry. Andrew
and Sam go into the river whilst ?????? calls for an ambulance. The water is
deep but Andrew and Sam manage to pull Simon to safety. As they lift him out
onto the bank Andrew falls back into the water, he is ok and tells Sam to
continue helping Simon.
Sam rigs up a drip and gives Simon as much medical attention he can. He tells
???? he now has to go and help Andrew out of the water and instructs her to call
for him if Simonís condition changes.
Sam heads back to the river where Andrew is perching underneath a tree. Sam
reaches out to pull him up to the bank but as Andrew lifts himself up he knocks his head on the branch
and falls back into the river. Andrew is unconscious and his lifeless body is
swept out with the water current. Sam runs through the forest to where the
current ends and jumps into the river, however there is no sign of Andrew whose
body has now sunk to the bottom of the water. Sam goes under the water to try
and find him but is not successful, he continues looking for Andrew and on his
third attempt finds Andrewís body and pulls it back to the surface.
Joanna and Martin sit in on Rachelís scan, it shows Rachelís tumour has come
back. Joanna tells Rachel and together they break the news to her father who was
completely unaware that Rachel had been experiencing such pain. He explains to
Joanna that it is hard for him to deal with as Rachelís mum also had cancer and
died from it.
Sam tries to revive Andrew but gets no response. The ambulance arrives but still
Andrew is not breathing. Sam and ????? continue with the CPR but as Andrew is
lifted into the ambulance there is no sign of improvement.
Martin tells Joanna he has got Rachel an appointment with a top brain
specialist who is an old friend of his. She thanks him and he says his friend
would be honoured to take on such a complex task. Martin sees that Joanna is
emotional about Rachel and warns her not to get too close.
As Joanna and Martin continue to speak, the ambulance carrying Andrew arrives.
Joanna is alarmed when she sees a drenched Sam following the trolley into the
and even more alarmed when she sees itís Andrew. The cardiac team shock Andrew 3
times but their is no response. Joanna and Sam watch anxiously as he is shocked
one more time and flatlines.........
SAM: I did everything I could I swear