Sens doc in critical condition

TONY SPEARS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

He has tended the ailments of the Ottawa Senators and spent hours in operating theatres as one of the country's top orthopedic surgeons but on Sunday, Dr. Donald Chow was near death after a serious collision on Fisher Ave. the day before.

Sources said Chow -- the team doctor for the Ottawa Senators -- was in a coma in the intensive care unit at the Ottawa Hospital. The 53-year-old suffered massive head and chest injuries when his motorcycle collided with a car on Saturday.

Family was at his side, hospital officials said, and he remained in critical condition Sunday night.

Chow's family asked for privacy and were not willing to speak to media.

Chow, who has offices at the Ottawa Hospital's Civic Campus on Carling Ave., got into a collision with an elderly woman's car at Kintyre Pt. at about 3 p.m.

The passenger's side was badly damaged and she sustained minor cuts after the impact shattered a window. Her car came to a stop on a lawn at one corner of the intersection.

Chow's motorcycle lay in the middle of the intersection. Paramedics found him on the ground, unconscious.

Police had not said if charges would be laid Sunday night.

Paramedics were at the scene within three minutes of receiving the call, Supt. Andre Gignac said. And only 10 minutes elapsed before he arrived at hospital.

"That's one of the best times I've ever seen," Gignac said.

Ordinarily it would be Chow who would rush to the rescue of a stricken patient, as he did in 2007 when a Philadelphia Flyers player levelled centre Dean McAmmond in a exhibition match.

McAmmond suffered a concussion and had to be taken from the ice on a stretcher.

Chow has also spent some time on the ice, tending goal as part of the Sens Front Office All-Stars against a team of sports media.

And the spine specialist is assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in the University of Ottawa's medical faculty.

Chow is the second high-profile motorcycle crash victim this month.

On Aug. 12, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff's communications director was killed when his bike collided with an SUV at Parkdale Ave. and Scott St.

Mario Lague, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police had said charges were likely against the SUV driver but they have yet to be laid.

Anyone with information about the Fisher Ave. collision is asked to contact police at 613-236-1222, ext. 2481, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).


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