‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Got Real Emotional In Episode About Undocumented Immigrants And Family Separation
For the past 14 years, “Grey’s Anatomy” has been delivering the goods on love, death, and everything in between. However, it’s only been in the past couple of years that the show has been touching on Latino issues and traditions including Day of the Dead. Last week’s episode, which aired on May 4, hits close to home given the current immigration crisis,
The latest episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” featured a storyline about an undocumented father and daughter.
The episode titled “What I Did for Love,” had a little girl named Gabby who was brought into the hospital by her father because she was complaining about a pain in her stomach.
The audience learns that the father and daughter were separated at the border and that he is seeking asylum.
The father, played by Omar Leyva, hadn’t seen his daughter in four months. When they were finally reunited, it is clear that his daughter is sick and wasn’t getting proper treatment while in custody. The doctors told him that his daughter will need surgery, but he informs the doctors that he doesn’t have insurance. The doctors then try to get him some assistance, but he doesn’t qualify for that either because he makes too much money.
Meredith Grey is desperate to get this little girl help, so she commits insurance fraud to give her the medical attention she needs.
“The system failed him,” Grey said after her boss reprimands her for breaking the law. Grey says that the undocumented man pays taxes, works and yet he cannot afford insurance.
He came all this way to make her life better, and yet he cannot pay for the insurance that he needs to care for his daughter. Ultimately, Grey wins and is allowed to do the surgery and help the family in their time of need.
The entire staff comes through for this little girl and her father giving us a glimpse at the compassion in this country.
This is not the first time “Grey’s Anatomy” has dealt with the issue of immigration and undocumented immigrants. Last season, surgical intern, Sam Bello (played by Jeanine Mason) disclosed that she was a DREAMer.
While the DREAMer episode was good at bringing awareness to immigration, the intern has whisked away to Switzerland in order to avoid deportation, which is not reality. At least this episode shows the harsh realities that undocumented people have to face when it comes to medical care and insurance.