Surgeon Couple Saves Local Couple's Lives

Two, very serious medical procedures affected the lives of a Marshfield married couple.

In the hospital, two married surgeons kept them alive.

John Kruse was treated for a brain aneurysm.

"It was about the size of a grape tomato," John Kruse said.

His wife, Laura Kruse, had bariatric surgery.

"I had my kidney removed," Laura Kruse said.

While they look at each other to get through John's recent, tricky aneurysm coiling procedure, the surgeon who weaved the platinum into John's brain to save his life, looks to his surgeon wife for support, who just so happened saved Laura's life.

"It's just a coincidence that this couple, that the clinic has hired, has touched our lives remarkably," Laura Kruse said.

"There are many doctor couples in this hospital, but it's rare that a doctor couple treated another couple," Dr. Vivek Gonugunta said.

Dr. Vijaya Nirujogi, is married to Dr. Gonugunta, and she treated Laura Kruse five years ago.

Dr. Gounagunta just finished John's risky procedure in March.

"This aneurysm is very large, and we call it a giant aneurysm," Gounagunta said.

Gounagunta said John's surgery was difficult because of where the aneurysm was placed in the brain.

John could have come out of the surgery completely paralyzed.

"There are times when I or my wife are doing long surgeries, and we pray for each other," Gonuagunta said, "that her surgery goes well, and she does the same for me."

Gounagunta said there are other couples working in the Marshfield Clinic together, but he and his wife are the only surgeon-surgeon married couple.

"It happens really rarely," Gounagunta said. "It's great that, as a couple, we're involved in their care."

Even though it's the special care that brought this couple to work in the hospital, it's the special care that kept the Kruse couple alive.

"That's what's so bizarre about the whole situation. What are the chances that this couple would touch both of our lives so importantly that they've given us new hope new lives?" Laura Kruse said.

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