In Helix S01E05 Dr. Alan Farragut, in the investigation of Dr. Doreen Boyle's death, stated that Dr. Doreen Boyle couldn't have died from an aneurism or heart attack because she had been medically cleared prior to their deployment.

However, Dr. Sarah Jordan was diagnosed by an infected oncologist as exhibiting symptoms of a cancer patient. Dr. Sarah Jordan confirmed she had a brain tumor.

How could Dr. Sarah Jordan have been medically approved for field duty?


She wouldn't have been as the symptoms of a brain tumor large enough for the sufferer to notice that they have one would not have escaped a medical checkup required for a mission. The "I have a brain tumor' narrative was added to give the story greater dramatic effect and not because it would fit logically into the overall narrative of the program.

A brain tumor of any size would require immediate treatment to prevent its spread. The surgery, radiation treatments or chemotherapy necessary to do this would all be easily detectable by any trained physician and they would be impossible to conceal. If the tumor could not be removed, then the accompanying medical effects (headaches,seizures,etc) would be difficult to conceal and would indicated that an CAT scan or MRI of the patient's brain was necessary.

Finally, to be "medically cleared" for an assignment the presumption could be made that the person involved would have to provide recent medical records. Unless those records were falsified in some manner or somehow not review prior to any medical clearance screening, it is doubtful that a brain tumor sufferer could be cleared for an assignment.

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  • I am leaning to agree that a/your response is correct just by default saying it is an inconsistency. Specifically to your response, she has a 5 inch scar running from her lower neck down her spine (obvious surgical signs) and in the most recent episode, S01/09, it became common knowledge and the lead CDC investigator said he didn't know, but wouldn't have cared because he needed her. Withholding my endorsement of your answer because there may still be an answer that makes the medical clearance consistent. (Gave you a +1 for 1st response =) ) – Jeff Mahaney Mar 4 '14 at 18:35
  • The character presumably would have had to provide medical records to be "medically cleared" so it would not have escaped notice. – Mistah Mix Mar 4 '14 at 18:37
  • Again, The CDC personnel that died was stated as having been medically cleared prior to deployment. There was a physical just before they went to the primary location of the story. – Jeff Mahaney Mar 4 '14 at 18:41

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