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Episode 4: The Family Meeting

August 25, 2020

Blink of an Eye - Ep 4 - Family Meeting

Episode 4: The Family Meeting


DAY 2. August 6.

“Pray hard…”

It’s an uncomfortable room. The chairs are heavy, the air is still, and all eyes are on Dr. Kris Radcliff. This was a family meeting no one would ever forget.

Ever the mediator, Louise knew that a Family Meeting with Archer’s surgeon was her family’s chance to be together to ask questions. Like most of their other Family Meetings, it was an opportunity to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly. But this time was different.

Through two interviews, Episode 4 explores this moment from both sides: through the eyes of Dr. Kris Radcliff, who performed Archer’s initial neck surgery, and from the perspective of Archer’s big sister, Paula Senft Easton. And, you’ll hear parts of a voice memo that was recently recovered from the night itself.

The first interview is with Paula Senft Easton, Louise and Bill’s eldest child, and only daughter who was 24 at the time of Archer’s accident and is today almost 30 and Associate Director of Admissions for the Friends School in Baltimore. 

The second interview and parts of the voice memo are with Dr. Kris Radcliff, a spinal surgeon from the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. In August 2015, Dr. Radcliff was an associate professor of orthopedic surgery with a joint appointment in neurological surgery. He performed Archer’s initial neck surgery.

Please join Louise for this Episode of Blink of an Eye.