The latest hunt for an ALS spokesperson has turned up the name of Hugh Laurie. We know him as Dr. Gregory House, that English actor with that one-of-a-kind voice. His mother, Patricia passed away of ALS in 1989 when he was only 30 years old. Not sure if he would be interested in the job, but with his skills of tracing rare and unusual illnesses he would be more than qualified.
I truly enjoy the rough character of Dr. House, who always appears to have just rolled off a park bench somewhere in midtown. From nowhere he shows up in the E.R. at 6 AM, bedside of a very mysterious patient who has arrived at their deathbed. Soon he is surrounded by his four intellectual doctors dressed neatly in white lab coats, ready and waiting for a consultation. This team is prepaired to do a number of things, from CAT scans to MRI‘s, exploratory surgery to luck warm enemas. Later they will meet in a conference room where they list all of their possibilities on a white-board while discussing six different topics at the same time, from major league baseball to open marriage. They have exactly 60 minutes plus added commercial time to save this unusual patient.
Better than a spokesperson for ALS, I believe the producers should allow Dr. House to diagnose himself with ALS after falling several times without explanation. This would allow the weekly episode to continue much the same way Stephen Hawking has lectured Black Holes for over 50 years. We would experience Dr. House rolling around the hospital in a power wheelchair, being fed by his gorgeous hospital administrator and heartthrob while solving case after case with his still intact miracle brain. The possibilities are endless for the character of Dr. House, and a win-win for all of us in the ALS community.
- Hugh Laurie Sings The Blues (npr.org)