Dr. Ava Bekker was a fellow, and later Attending Physician in cardiothoracic surgery at Gaffney Chicago Medical Center. She was portrayed by Norma Kuhling.


Biography

Ava was born to unknown South African parents in Cape Town, South Africa. Before coming to complete her cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Gaffney, Ava worked at Groote Schuur Hospital, a teaching hospital located in Cape Town. She worked under the mentorship of world-famous heart surgeon Dr. Marvin Jaffrey.

Ava and her co-fellow Connor Rhodes initially dislike each other, but later develop a healthy sense of competition, vying for the approval of their mentor Dr. Latham and frequently one-upping each other. They eventually become romantically involved.

During the course of season 4, when Connor starts to rebuff her romantic advances, Ava starts to torment him with increasingly elaborate schemes and ploys, culminating in her killing his father Cornelius with an overdose of insulin. When she is found out, she commits suicide by slashing her carotid artery, causing Conner to decide to leave Chicago at the beginning of season 5.

Season 5

Never Going Back To Normal

Following the death of Connor's father, Ava and Connor are both interviewed by the police. In anger, Connor confronts Ava about her killing his father in order for them to be together, but Ava denies all the allegations and files a report with HR about the incident.

Dr Latham, in a last-ditch attempt to get his department to return to normal, decides to test the insulin which caused Cornelius Rhodes' death. The insulin was revealed to be tainted with chromium which is traceable, while the insulin itself isn't. Realizing that she is soon to be caught, Ava walks away while Connor follows her. She begs him to allow her to run away and never be seen or heard from again. She says that she did it for him and that they could have been so happy together if Connor hadn't ruined it. After Connor refuses to let her go, she cuts her carotid artery with a scalpel. She is immediately taken into surgery but dies on the table.

Trivia

  • She was from South Africa;
  • Her blood type was O-negative;
  • Her time of death was 16:22;
  • Dr. Latham remarked on more than one occasion to Connor that Ava was actually his first choice for a fellowship under his wing;
  • It is never made fully explicit that she slept with Cornelius, but it is strongly implied.
  • While never specified, her actions (killing Cornelius because she saw him as the one preventing her relationship with Connor, trying to frame Connor when he rejected her anyway and then killing herself when she was about to be arrested) seem to indicate a borderline personality disorder: a psychiatric condition characterised, among other things, by the fear and refusal of abandonment, whether real or only percieved, that can lead to violent and psychotic conduct to prevent it and/or when it occurs.
  • She owned fish
  • She wore size 6 and a half gloves
  • Was seen with an iphone 8+ and iphone XR on the show
  • She has a heavily implied anxiety/panic disorder that was never explicitly addressed but very obviously there

Appearances

Season 2 Appearances
"Soul Care" "Win Loss" "Natural History" "Brother's Keeper" "Extreme Measures"
"Alternative Medicine" "Inherent Bias" "Free Will" "Uncharted Territory" "Heart Matters"
"Graveyard Shift" "Mirror Mirror" "Theseus' Ship" "Cold Front" "Lose Yourself"
"Prisoner's Dilemma" "Monday Mourning" "Lesson Learned" "Ctrl Alt" "Generation Gap"
"Deliver Us" "White Butterflies" "Love Hurts"

Season 3 Appearances
"Speak Your Truth"

"Nothing to Fear"

"Trust Your Gut"

"Naughty or Nice"

"Mountains And Molehills"
"Ties That Bind" "Over Troubled Water"

"Lemons and Lemonade"

"On Shaky Ground"

"Down By Law"

"Folie à Deux"

"Born This Way"

"Best Laid Plans"

"Lock It Down"

"Devil In Disguise"

"An Inconvenient Truth"

"The Parent Trap"

"This Is Now"

"Crisis Of Confidence"

"The Tipping Point"

Season 4 Appearances
"Be My Better Half"

"When To Let Go"

"Heavy Is The Head"

"Backed Against The Wall"

"What You Don't Know"

"Lesser of Two Evils"

"The Poison Inside Us"

"Play By My Rules"

"Death Do Us Part"

"All The Lonely People"

"Who Can You Trust"

"The Things We Do"

"Ghosts in the Attic"

"Can't Unring That Bell"

"We Hold These Truths"
"Old Flames, New Sparks" "The Space Between Us" "Tell Me the Truth" "Never Let You Go" "More Harm Than Good"
"Forever Hold Your Peace " "With A Brave Heart"
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