Dr. Desch's Friends React

By: Venton Blandin Email
By: Venton Blandin Email

December 11, 2006

Word of Doctor Christopher Desch's crash is spreading across the region, and into the medical community.

"It was like, oh my God. This can't be real," said Doctor Mary Helen Hackney who was mentored by Doctor Christopher Desch. .">

Unreal was the initial thought into Doctor Mary Helen Hackney's mind when hearing of Sunday's crash. Even one day later, it is still hard to believe, Doctor Christopher Desch is gone.

"We all keep thinking it's a bad dream, and we are going to wake-up from it," added Dr. Hackney .

Dr. Hackney met Desch in 1988 when they both started at the Massey Cancer Center in Richmond. Desch was the director, and mentored her until he decided to move on in his career. Hackney stayed behind, and became director herself. She said her mentor's goals were to be a good doctor and a better person.

"He had a great humanity, and his patients loved him. He cared, you know, he would visit their house, and he would call them on the phone," added Dr. Hackney.

Those are the traits of even a friend. A friend who could stick around for a lifetime.

"The friendship has lasted up until yesterday of course. It's been 25 years," said Dr. Desch's Best Friend Dr. Stephen Moore.

Dr. Desch is described as a passionate person who always did the right thing; whether it was for his patients, family, or friends.

"He was able to care for the person as a person. He was able to do it with a sense of humor, and the commitment and love that made him available to everyone he took care of," added Dr. Moore.

Dr. Desch leaves behind a wife and son as well as several friends and extended family.

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