Patrick Dempsey: Hands-On Doctor Dad!

02/22/2010 at 02:00 PM ET
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Already father to 8-year-old Talula Fyfe when he welcomed his fraternal twin boys, Patrick Dempsey believed he had parenting down pat. However, with Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick, now 3, the actor has quickly learned that raising sons is an entirely different endeavor.

“Boys are completely different than girls for obvious reasons, but physically they’re so much more active!” he says during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “You cannot turn your back [because] there’s always an injury, there’s always something going on.”

Unfortunately, Patrick, 44, and his wife Jillian learned that lesson the hard way when the twins decided to have an impromptu dance party on the dining room table. “They were dancing and doing sort of … a mosh pit, jumping on each other,” he recalls. “One of the boys broke his arm.”

Quickly taking him to the hospital, the Grey’s Anatomy star — who jokes that he has an extra pair of scrubs on hand for those types of situations — was met with a few raised eyebrows upon entering the emergency room.

“I say, ‘I got it, just show me the [operating room] and I got it,'” he laughs. “There’s a look of amusement and then dismissal, ‘You sit out there…'”

While his son is “fine, they heal rapidly,” Patrick — who plays a neurosurgeon on his hit show — can’t help but joke about his leg up when it comes to his children’s medical needs. “Usually, if there’s an aneurysm I’m right there,” he notes.

“I get a lot of equipment from Grey’s, so I have my own OR which is really nice. I do a lot of brain surgery on them — experimentation.”

Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!

– Anya

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Megan on

Funny, sweet dad. It’s going to be funnier when people don’t get the joke and flip out about it.

Mallory on

LOL I love Patrick Dempsey. And I can’t believe his twins are already 3!

Annaliese on

Awww I wish he was my Dr, LOL. Can’t believe his boys are 3 already….they sound like my friends twin boys who are now 6!

lover on

he can be my doctor……i really don’t care if he’s not a real one.

Luna on

His boys are three?!!!!!! Gosh where does the time go? How do you say his daughter’s middle name? Is it Fifi? Either way, Patrick Dempsey can be my doctor, I don’t care what’s broken. He’ll fix it.

daniela on

He is so absolutely yummy! He can play doctor with me any time! LOL!

Kellykc on

Luna I believe it’s Fife, like just all one syllable.

Hea on

This guy’s so hot I’d even let him work on my skullbase tumor. ;-)

Lila on

It’s good to see he has a sense of humor about parenting. Accidents happen and you can’t put your kids in a bubble because of it. As long as no one gets seriously hurt you just laugh it off.

I am sure the nurses at that hospital would be more than happy to deal with McDreamy!

Cate on

The mosh pit jumping, I’m dreading for my twin boys too! One of them has already nose dived from the bed which left a bump on his head. They are just so squirmy and focused to move! It’s really so different from my girl who is just more reserved.


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