Hero Surgeon Dies in Lake Michigan Rescue Despite Wife's Efforts to Revive Him

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"People will tell you that he's the heart and soul of our pediatric programs," Matthews said. "And always going the extra mile. He was tireless. You know, the kind of guy would operate all day and all night and say, 'Where do we have to go next?' And he would do whatever the children needed."

Chikaming Township's Assistant Police Chief Todd Taylor said, "It was a unique circumstance because this was a brave guy going out to try to help some kids."

Suskind wants to create a foundation to honor her husband. Those wishing to contribute can donate to the Dr. Don Liu Memorial Fund at the University of Chicago. Checks should be made payable to the University of Chicago at

The Dr. Don Liu Memorial Fund The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Development Attention: Abbe Temkin 130 East Randolph St., Suite 1400 Chicago, IL 60601

Donations can also be made online .

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