Doctor Trades Lab Coat for Wedding Dress
Madison, Wisconsin - When neurosurgeon Taryn Bragg walks through the hospital where she works with seriously ill or injured children, she's usually wearing scrubs or a lab coat.
On July 9, she was in a wedding dress.
In what was a first for American Family Children's Hospital, Dr. Bragg got married that afternoon at the hospital chapel to Josh Bowland.
A judge conducted the service as more than 100 people, including some of Dr. Bragg's patients and work colleagues, witnessed the event. In lieu of gifts, the couple asked attendees to make donations to the hospital through the Web site www.uwhealth.org/wedding.
"This is my way of giving back to the people I work for and the patients that I have treated," said Bragg, who is also an assistant professor of neurological surgery at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. "We wanted to do something fun for the children and have them share in our celebration."
After the ceremony, Bragg and Bowland visited children's hospital inpatients who were not able to leave their rooms for the festivities. All patients received goody bags compliments of the bride and groom. Bucky Badger was at the reception to provide his brand of comic relief while guests dined on cupcakes and hors d'oeuvres.
Bragg graduated from Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago and served her residency there. She participated in a pediatric neurosurgery fellowship at the Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah before joining American Family Children's Hospital. Bowland was raised in California and now lives in Wisconsin. He is an attorney.
|Five-year-old Hope Elliott, pictured centered, was Dr. Bragg's first patient at American Family Children's Hospital. She looks on as Dr. Bragg and Kalyin Hoernek-Ruff, pictured right with her dad, look at the "goody bags" all patients received as wedding favors.||Dr. Bragg chats with four-year-old Kaylin Hoernek-Ruff of Madison. Kaylin, a patient of Dr. Bragg's, underwent surgery a week before the wedding.|
Photos courtesy of Lee Larsen.
Date Published: 07/15/2011