Reese Benton (Matthew Watkins), deaf son of black physician Dr. Peter Benton, an emergency room doctor at Cook County General Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
On episode “The Longer You Stay” (aired 10/04/2001) Reese and his mother Carla Reese had a car accident. Reese survived with minor trauma. Carla died.
Dr. Peter Benton used sign language to tell his son that his mother had “gone away” to God. Peter learned that Reese was not his biological son, but he loved him just the same.