Pete and Cooper treat Elisa, a girl battling lymphoma. Her father, Diego, asks a shaman to intervene with her treatment. Pete and Cooper attend the religious ceremony and must intervene when Elisa takes a bad turn. She’s rushed to the hospital where surgery saves her temporarily. She needs time to recover, but her father wants her discharged immediately. Pete believes alternative therapy may work. Cooper doesn’t. He wants a judge to decide. Pete says, “If you take them to court to force chemo, I’ll testify on their behalf.”
Pete suspects Elisa is holding something back. He’s right. As a judge listens to arguments in her hospital room, Elisa says that she doesn’t want chemotherapy. It’s not because she believes the shaman can heal her. She doesn’t want the treatment because her illness is bankrupting the family. Elisa doesn’t want her struggling father and siblings to live their lives around her treatment. She basically says she’s ready to die.
The judge has heard enough. She orders that the patient receive chemotherapy which should fully heal her. Cooper is happy, of course. But to prove that he’s not completely unreasonable to alternative medicine, he arranges for a shaman to do her thing as well. Who knows? Maybe Elisa will recover twice as fast now.