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With Halloween brewing, a dozen surgeons sliced and diced at St. Joseph’s Doc-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Contest to create scary masterpieces in just 30 minutes. In a shocking upset, the winning gourd was carved by Patrick Eiben who is a fourth-year student at Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s. Eiben frantically, but gracefully, carved a mother and new-born baby. Thoracic surgeon and two-time previous winner, Ross Bremner, MD, also dazzled the crowd by sculpting smoldering dinosaurs in his version of “Thoracic Park.” Many doctors in the crowd were shocked at Eiben’s victory, and talk turned to youth versus experience.
While the contest showcases the surgeons’ creative abilities, the participating doctors also remind Valley residents about important Halloween safety tips.
“Hospitals all over the nation are haunted by Halloween-related injuries this time of year,” says St. Joseph’s Chief Medical Officer and Doc-O-Lantern contestant Edward Donahue, MD. “As surgeons, we know the importance of safety and of being prepared at all times. We don’t want anyone to have a gory Halloween.”
Dr. Donahue listed some Jack-o-lantern carving tips:
Trick-or-treating tips include: