I Saw Myself Outside My Body
Up Close and Personal with Dr. Crigler
A near tragedy in Dr. Crigler’s life helped lead him to become a doctor. “When I was seven, I was involved in a car accident with my father and grandmother. I was injured quite badly and needed almost 100 stitches for my wounds. But the most significant thing was that I had an out of body experience. I actually saw myself from the outside, outside of my body. I think this was one of the factors that made the experience so intense, and made an impression on me how on important it is to care for the body.”
Medicine was also in Dr. Crigler’s blood, with a father physician in family practice, and a mother who was a pediatric intensive care nurse. And it was in medical school that Dr. Crigler met his future wife Lauren. “Lauren and I met in Gross Anatomy. Our cadavers happened to be right next to each other. When people ask how we met, we like to joke that Lauren was attracted to me because I looked better than the dead guy on the table.”
Dr. Crigler states that he enjoys laparoscopic surgery and the precision it demands, but that caring for his obstetrics patients continues to be a unique source of joy. He recalls the first ultrasound he performed on a woman who had spent years trying to get pregnant. “When we saw the baby on Doppler, I will never forget how she looked – it was like a light lit up her face.”
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