A teenage boy wearing a white lab coat and carrying a stethoscope fooled a hospital into believing he was a doctor for a month.
According to a document leaked to The Smoking Gun, a police officer was called to St. Mary's Medical Center on Tuesday "after a person was suspected of impersonating a doctor".
A patient alerted the West Palm Beach police department about a “young black male who appeared to be a child dressed as a doctor”.
The unnamed teenager was found in the hospital with a stethoscope around his neck and wearing a face mask.
Sebastian Kent, a doctor employed at the hospital, suspected that the impostor's medical training "was not accurate". A security guard told police he had seen the "doctor" around for about a month, and that the teenager had been seen "on several floors of the hospital by several hospital employees entering patients rooms and talking to hospital employees".
According to the Sun Sentinel, the teenage boy's mother told police that he suffers from an undisclosed illness but refuses to take medicine.
The full police report can be read here.
Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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