House M.D. - Season 1, Episode 2

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Theirs is bigger. You're not Dan's parents
Theirs is bigger.
You're not Dan's parents.
We're his parents. He was adopted. He doesn't need to know
We're his parents.
He was adopted.
He doesn't need to know.
I do. Adoption makes us just as much--
- I do.
- Adoption makes us just as much--
Listen. When we were taking his medical history, were you confused?
Listen. When we were taking
his medical history, were you confused?
Did you think we were looking for a genetic clue to his condition,
Did you think we were looking for
a genetic clue to his condition,
or did you think we were trying to ascertain who loves him the most in the whole wide world?
or did you think we were trying to
ascertain who loves him the most
in the whole wide world?
How did you find out about this?
How did you find out about this?
I sampled their D.N.A. We didn't give you any D.N.A
- I sampled their D.N.A.
- We didn't give you any D.N.A.
Your coffee cups from the cafeteria
Your coffee cups from the cafeteria.
You can't do that. Again, why are we getting hung up on what I did?
- You can't do that.
- Again, why are we getting
hung up on what I did?
Your medical history is useless. No. We gave you a detailed history of his biological mother
- Your medical history is useless.
- No. We gave you a detailed history
of his biological mother.
Her history. Nonsmoker, good health,
Her history.
Nonsmoker, good health,
low cholesterol, no blood pressure problems
low cholesterol,
no blood pressure problems.
Dan was adopted two weeks after he was born
Dan was adopted two weeks
after he was born.
You have his history. There's nothing you need to know that we didn't tell you. Sounds reasonable
- You have his history. There's nothing
you need to know that we didn't tell you.
- Sounds reasonable.
Well, if you want to transfer your boy, that is your choice
Well, if you want to transfer
your boy, that is your choice.
I still think it's the wrong-- Was she vaccinated?
I still think it's the wrong--
Was she vaccinated?
The biological mother. When she was a baby, did she get her vaccinations?
The biological mother.
When she was a baby,
did she get her vaccinations?
Dan was vaccinated. At six months
Dan was vaccinated.
At six months.
Mm-hmm. Do you know why kids get vaccinated at six months?
Mm-hmm.
Do you know why kids
get vaccinated at six months?
Because before that they are protected
Because before that
they are protected...
by their biological mother's immune system
by their biological mother's
immune system.
So, was she vaccinated?
So, was she vaccinated?
An infant picks up a regular old measles virus
An infant picks up
a regular old measles virus.
Gets a rash
Gets a rash.
He's extremely uncomfortable, has a wicked fever, but he lives
He's extremely uncomfortable,
has a wicked fever, but he lives.
Here's the kicker. Once every million or so times,
Here's the kicker.
Once every million or so times,
the virus mutates
the virus mutates.
Instead of Dan having a fever and a rash,
Instead of Dan having
a fever and a rash,
the virus travels to his brain and hides,
the virus travels
to his brain and hides,
like a time bomb
like a time bomb.
In this case, for 16 years
In this case, for 16 years.
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
I know. There's only been 20 cases in the United States in the last 30 years
I know. There's only been
20 cases in the United States
in the last 30 years.
I suppose you could make an argument the kid's still in stage I
I suppose you could make
an argument the kid's still in stage I.
Once S.S.P.E. moves to stage II, it's--
Once S.S.P.E. moves
to stage II, it's--
Boom. Stage II is universally fatal
Boom. Stage II is universally fatal.
I assume its impossible to know when he might move into stage II
I assume its impossible to know
when he might move into stage II.
He's already started showing symptoms. Could be a month. Could be tonight
He's already started showing symptoms.
Could be a month. Could be tonight.
Can we treat it? Ask the neurologist
Can we treat it?
Ask the neurologist.
Intraventricular interferon
Intraventricular interferon.
Not gonna shove a spike into his brain and drip interferon without confirming this diagnosis
Not gonna shove a spike
into his brain and drip interferon
without confirming this diagnosis.
Tap him. We won't get a reliable result for measles antibodies in his C.S.F
- Tap him.
- We won't get a reliable result
for measles antibodies in his C.S.F.
Not after everything we've given him
Not after everything
we've given him.
So the wrong treatment kills any hope of the right diagnosis
So the wrong treatment kills
any hope of the right diagnosis.
Why do people lie to me?
Why do people lie to me?
Could also kill him
Could also kill him.
Your ball, Foreman. Tell me I don't have to biopsy his brain
Your ball, Foreman.
Tell me I don't have to
biopsy his brain.
Well, there is one other way
Well, there is one other way.
You sure this isn't gonna hurt?
You sure this isn't gonna hurt?
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