The Chicago Tribune reports on the death of pediatric surgeon Dr. Donald Liu, saving two boys in Lake Michigan:
Liu, chief surgeon at the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital, raced to the rescue when he saw the boys struggling after being knocked out of their kayaks by high waves, reports the Chicago Tribune. He managed to get the two 12-year-old boys to safety, but was dragged underwater by a rip current…
Liu will be buried wearing his surgical scrubs and holding a White Sox baseball and pictures of his three children.
Liu’s wife, who is also a surgeon described his skills, “I mean, he was so good,” Suskind said, referring to his expertise as a surgeon. “There was something beautiful. There was an economy of his (surgical) strokes.” Dr. Suskind attempted CPR on her husband but was unable to revive him. The two boys survived.
It is our sincerest hope that Dr. Liu’s family finds peace in knowing that he died a hero, saving yet another life, though of course nothing could remove the pain of that loss for them.
And hopefully Dr. Liu serves as a reminder for the rest of us that there are truly good men in the world, and to inspire us to do better every day.