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July 12, 2010
Knowning DR. Zeiger, as a surgeon,@ Carraway,a compassionate person,and my surgeon, who perform surgery on me in 1990, It was a truly blessing to have a Physician who prays with his patients, and to acknowledge God. When I saw Dr. Zeiger @ work I told him I am still here, He just smile. To their children may God continually bless and keep you. Rosa Walker RN.
June 26, 2010
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
June 8, 2010
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
April 5, 2010
April 5, 2010
Dear friends-

Evan Zeiger was my friend and that’s a word I do not toss around lightly. He was also my surgeon who performed complex and risky surgery on my spine a scant four days before his death. Faithful, true and loyal almost to a fault, he had none of the arrogance often associated with neurosurgeons. I chose him to perform a series of surgeries resulting from a couple of physical traumas involving automobiles. My choice of Dr. Zeiger was borne of his extraordinary patient outcomes, his quiet competence, unique surgical skills and advocacy for his patients. I did my due diligence as I sought the best doctor for the surgical future I faced and spent many hours reviewing how his patients fared as compared to his peers. He did not treat an MRI, a CT, an X-Ray or a Myelogram- he used high tech imaging as diagnostic tools to ferret out treatment options. He was wise beyond his years and knew that pain was what his patients said it was. He treated each of his patients with respect and dignity and viewed each of us as an individual. He valued the person behind the illness and did not identify his patients by a medical record number or a diagnosis. There was no ego-driven contest to see how many surgical procedures he could perform in any given year. He was all about God, Family and Friends, Surgery and Flying and his joy was posted on his face every day.

I am greatly diminished by the loss of my friend and doctor, but my deep personal grief is offset by the certainty that he lived his Christian faith and that he died doing something he loved: flying the Warbird that took his life and that of his wife, Peggy, as it plunged into the Gulf of Mexico on what should have been a great day. His wingmen flying in formation with him on a beautiful Saturday watched helplessly as he died. As I read the account of his death in Sunday’s paper, I had to read the article twice to allow the reality to penetrate. First time through, I just said, “No, this can’t be true.”

He prayed with me on Tuesday morning, March 2, before he devoted half a day of his life on reconstructive surgery for my back. His prayer was all-inclusive as he asked for God’s guidance, referring to Him as the Great Physician. As he prayed for each member of his surgical team, he asked God to grant extraordinary skill to each of them during my procedure. He acknowledged that he was only one of many who influenced my life that day. We both knew his day would be difficult, but I was calm and assured as I rolled to the Operating Room. My confidence came from the certainty that I was in the best of hands. I can also say this with certainty: if Evan knew he would be called upon to surrender his life on Saturday, March 6, he would still have given me that half a day in surgery to repair my spine. I’m told mine was the last surgery he performed before his death.

In years past, he chose to locate his clinical practice at Carraway because it was located in a part of our city which was underserved by healthcare providers. He considered his job as his life’s mission and pursued it with the zeal of a missionary. He left Carraway when it became obvious that the hospital’s existence was no longer sustainable. Brookwood was the fortunate beneficiary of his neurosurgical partnership of valued colleagues. He was not enamored by clinical trials or the latest gee-whiz surgical techniques. He made changes to what he knew worked for his patients with care and deliberation. He did it right.

Although I celebrate his life and have many memories to support his legacy, I know there is not another like him and I shall miss his easy smile, compassionate approach, brilliant mind and steadfast commitment to his family, friends and patients. He was my trusted surgeon who positively touched thousands of lives throughout his lifetime, but first and foremost, he was the kind of friend who made our world better every day. As I searched for any remnant of good in the tragic loss of Evan and Peggy, I have only one to offer: the story of their lives has reached even more people in death than it did in life. The countless examples of their devotion to Christ serve as real reminders to me of lives well-lived. Both of them did it right.

Gerald W. Casey
1825 Tecumseh Trail
Pelham, AL 35124
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