Monday, August 06, 2012

Dr. Donald Liu Dead from Drowning, surgeon-in-chief and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Comer Children’s Hospital

Dr. Donald Liu was coming to the rescue of some children in rough Lake Michigan waters and gave his life in his attempt to save the children

He devoted his professional life to saving the lives of thousands of kids.
But one of Chicago’s most highly-regarded doctors was off duty and enjoying a weekend at the beach when he died trying to save the lives of two children Sunday morning.
Dr. Donald Liu, surgeon-in-chief and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Comer Children’s Hospital, drowned in Lake Michigan in the effort to save two boys struggling in choppy waters off Lakeside, Michigan, relatives and colleagues said.
Though the children survived the ordeal and made it safely back to the beach, the 50-year-old father-of-three was caught in a riptide that claimed his life around 10 a.m.
Liu’s widow, Dr. Dana Suskind, said they had been spending the weekend with their children Genevieve, 13, Asher, 10, and Amalie, 7, at a friend’s home in the unincorporated beach community just 10 miles along the lakefront from the Indiana state line when disaster struck.
“He was an amazing man,” she said. “We are just all in shock.”
Tributes poured in for Liu Sunday as news of his death spread among Chicago’s medical community.
“Don’s death personifies a life that was devoted to saving children,” the dean of the University of Chicago’s Medical School, Dr. Kenneth S. Polonsky, wrote in an email to colleagues Sunday.
Liu’s colleague and close friend Dr. John Cunningham, echoed that sentiment, describing Liu as “a phenomenal friend and surgeon.”
“It’s meaningful that he was taking care of children when he died,” Cunningham said.
A second-generation Chinese immigrant whose parents were both doctors, Liu retained close links to hospitals in China. He joined the University of Chicago department of surgery as a pediatric surgeon in 2001 and was made chief of pediatric surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Comer Children’s Hospital in 2007.
He was an expert in Hirschsprung’s Disease — a congenital gut disorder — an outstanding surgical oncologist, skilled at removing tumors from children’s chests and abdomens and an accomplished researcher and teacher who pioneered minimally invasive surgery in children, colleagues said. Patients across the nation and even overseas would seek him out, they added.
His many achievements saw him rated one of Chicago’s top doctors by Chicago Magazine earlier this year. He told the magazine, “Those children without hope and with diseases that can’t be taken care of at other places — they come here [to Comer]. At the end of the day, the biggest impact you can make in anything is through kids.”
Polonsky noted that Liu for all his many honors, Liu “always put his patients and their families first.”
“Words cannot express the sorrow we are all feeling at this time,” Polonsky added. “This is a devastating loss personally and professionally.”

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sad, a worthwhile member of society dies while Chicago is still infested with gangbangers.

Anonymous said...

Its unfortunate that he won't know that he's seen as a hero.

Anonymous said...

I'M USUALLY AN IGNORANT BASTARD ON THIS BLOG! BUT THIS IS TRULY HEART WRENCHING "GOD REST HIS SOUL" R.I.P

Anonymous said...

poor guy.this is a real loss.

Anonymous said...

Comfort and peace to his family. May God Bless and Keep you

Germania Jim said...

I pray he didnt lose his life trying to rescue some worthless niglet.

Anonymous said...

Dr. Liu performed a rare and complicated surgery on my daughter. We were referred to him because he specialized in complicated procedures. I expected an arrogant surgeon, and a long eait, as I was told he himself would screen file to see if he could squeeze in. What I got was a quick response, incredible bedside manner and respect. He made my daughter feel at ease and as if she was the only patient he had. This is a truly heartbrraking loss, but a testament to the man Dr. Liu was. May he rest in oeace

Anonymous said...

Rip tide either swim parallel to shore or float out on you back don't fight the current.

Anonymous said...

I once did work for a surgeon and he never paid the bill.

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace, Amen.

A commendable man throughout his life.

Aldo Raine said...

Truly sad. And I agree with Germania Jim.

Aldo Raine

Anonymous said...

r.i.p. sir...you did many good things in your lifetime.

Anonymous said...

VERY SAD STORY,CARRY A LIFE PRESERVER IN YOUR CAR AND A THROW ROPE.BE PREPARED.

Anonymous said...

He was trying to help some kids? Good man.

RIP

I Voted For Obama said...

True hero.

The King of All Crackers said...

This man was always a hero. He latest act was truly heroic. God bless his soul.

Anonymous said...

Very sad story. What a great human being he was. Just read his obituary.

Anonymous said...

oh where are the bigot racist White trash now why aint they calling him names?

Anonymous said...

He gave his life to save a child. Race is not a factor. I worked with his wife,she is a very compassionate woman! I will pray that she has the strength to keep going!

kiara banks said...

He was a good man my baby loved him dearly and he help save my sons life he will truly be missed by many. WE LOVE YOU DR. LIU

Anonymous said...

How sad. This man gave up his life to save the two kids in trouble. Here is a guy who was really givng to society and even gave his life. RIP.

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow is promised to no one. Isn't that the truth. RIP, Sir.

Anonymous said...

How sad

PRAISE THE LORD AND COMFORT. HIS FAMILY said...

Wasn't nice to see him reach out with his hand to take you to paradise?

Anonymous said...

All GOOD men are created and maintained equal!

SYOTOS

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

oh where are the bigot racist White trash now why aint they calling him names?

August 6, 2012 8:43 AM
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Good men come in all colors.