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Love + Medicine

There was a student, CRNA and surgeon in the OR. They just happened to be family.

Surgeon Bradley Abicht, DPM, followed his father into medicine and, on one morning, into an operating room at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.

Bradley's father, Paul Abicht, CRNA, is a Gundersen veteran, providing care for patients who need general, regional and monitored anesthesia. Also following his lead is son Carter Abicht, a fourth-year medical student who recently finished an anesthesia rotation at Gundersen.

On July 2, Bradley prepared to perform a procedure that would eradicate infections from a patient's legs. Once inside the operating room, he discovered his father and brother providing anesthesia to his patient.

There was a student, CRNA and surgeon in the OR. They just happened to be family.

L to R: Carter Abicht, Paul Abicht, CRNA, Bradley Abicht, DPM

"I was able to witness my father teaching and guiding my younger brother, while at the same time the three of us teamed up to deliver high-quality care on the same patient," Bradley says. "We knew we were experiencing something rare and unique."

"Seeing both my sons use their talents and enjoy it was most special. This experience put a smile on my face, and I saw one on theirs, too," Paul says.

Father and sons are humbled by what they agree is an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience offered by Gundersen.

"To have all three of us together in a professional setting working to deliver quality care on the same patient is truly a unique experience," Carter says. "This is likely the only chance an opportunity like this will happen for us, and I think all of us were hoping it would happen while I was on my anesthesia rotation at Gundersen Health System."

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