The word “hero” is thrown around a lot, but I can’t think of a better way to describe the late University of Chicago surgeon Donald Liu, MD. I came across his heartbreaking story in the Chicago Tribune today:
The pediatric surgeon was with his wife for a weekend getaway when he spotted two children struggling in Lake Michigan off a small beach in Berrien County Michigan Sunday morning. Liu was able to help the children but was pulled under the water and drowned, according to authorities and his friends.
“Dr. Liu drowned while successfully saving two children who got caught in heavy surf in Lake Michigan,” said his friend and colleague, Dr. Jeffrey Matthews, chairman of surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, where Liu practiced.
“It’s incredibly sad,” said Matthews. “We are so absolutely heartbroken by the loss of our friend and colleague. Ironically, he died saving children which is what he does every day.”