Monday, August 6, 2012

Dr Donald Liu gives his life to save two young boys drowning in Lake Michigan as he dies in rescue

Chicago is mourning one of its most talented children's surgeons today, after he died while trying to save the lives of two young boys.

Dr Donald Liu, 50, drowned in Lake Michigan as he went to help the children, who were struggling in choppy waters.
Dr Liu’s widow, Dr Dana Suskind, said the couple had been spending Sunday morning at a friend’s beach-side home with their children Genevieve, 13, Asher, 10, and Amalie, 7, when disaster struck.

After seeing the two boys in difficulties, the doctor went out to help before rescue workers could arrive.

The stricken boys survived the traumatic incident and were safely returned to the beach, but Dr Liu perished after being caught in a riptide at around 10am.

Tributes have poured in for the father-of-three, who was surgeon-in-chief and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted his friend and colleague Dr Jeffrey Matthews, chairman of surgery at the University of Chicago Hospital, who said: 'Dr Liu drowned while successfully saving two children who got caught in heavy surf in Lake Michigan.

'He managed to help them but he got pulled down by the undertow himself. He really died a hero.' Read More