Sunday, June 07, 2009

Rest In Peace Professor O'Brien OA AM

The well loved and respected surgeon Chris O'Brien passed away last week. So many of us came to know him through episodes of "RPA" . He was such a talented physician, but at the same time a humble and compassionate human being.

It was a cruel irony when almost 3 years ago he was diagnosed with very the cancer that he fought so hard to cure in his patients He was given 6-12 months to live but in true fighting spirit he lived another 30. And when I say lived - he certainly did that, writing a book and also leaving a legacy in a new cancer centre for the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.It's construction will start late this year.

My heart goes out to his family, his children, who were not ready to loose their father, and his beautiful wife, who I am sure was not ready to loose her partner.

The world is a much better place for your life Chris, and a much sadder one for your passing.

Chris was presented with the Officer of the Order of Australia from the Prime Minister, just hours before he passed away.....

1 comment:

Ozstuff said...

I love your touching tribute to Professor Chris O'Brien. How sad that he was taken at such a young age. He was an outstanding human being first and foremost and an outstanding and talented doctor. The way he interacted with his patients was something to see. Episodes of RPA are still being shown on Foxtel and it is terribly sad to watch Professor Chris going about what he did best. I admit to shedding a tear when I see him there.