Author Beware: Hallmark’s Christmas Magic

There’s nothing more charming for me than a Hallmark Christmas movie. Several I loved this past Christmas season– particularly Trading Christmas written by Debbie Macomber. Hilarious if you’re a writer.
Some I didn’t like as much– and you guessed it– had to do with a medical reason.
Christmas Magic was a Hallmark movie where a young PR exec was involved in serious car accident.
Spoiler alert!
Most of the movie, you’re led to believe that she has died and is doing some angel work before going to heaven. At the end of the movie– you learn she has been in a comatose state and the climatic scene is where the man and daughter she was trying to help, come to her side at the hospital, to sing her back to life before her father “pulls the plug.”
My first issue: You should actually look injured if you’ve been in such a devastating car accident that you’ve been lying in a hospital bed for the better part of a week. In her “death” scene, her hair is clean and styled. Nary a scratch on her pretty face. Exactly what was her injury? Supposedly brain trauma. Well, she should at least have a bruise on her head.
My second issue: Pulling the plug generally denotes that you are on a ventilator. Discontinuing the ventilator– pulling the plug– means a patient’s breathing is no longer being assisted, they then cannot oxygenate their body, and the heart will stop beating when it doesn’t have oxygen.
In this scene, she was on a heart monitor (which is merely a monitoring device) and an IV bag of fluids hung at her bedside. She was not on a ventilator. Therefore, no “plug to pull”.
To denote discontinuing “life support” the nurse in the movie turned off the IV solution where then the heart began to slow down. Okay, you will die if you are in a comatose state from dehydration (think Terri Shiavo’s case) but it will not happen in a few minutes. It will take days.
But, this patient was able to comply and nearly died in a few short minutes.

Next season, Hallmark Channel, hire me as a consultant. You might be surprised at how inexpensive I am!

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