Doctor and ‘loving father’ dies after group of six hikers ran out of water in Arizona

A ‘talented’ doctor who recently became a first-time father has died after running out of water and getting lost while hiking in Arizona with five others at over 109 degrees Fahrenheit.

Authorities confirmed that Dr. Evan Deschon, 32, died while walking near Cave Creek on Monday afternoon.

Six people were rescued after Maricopa County sheriffs got a call at 1:25 p.m. about hikers in trouble at Spur Cross Trailhead Mountain, about 40 miles north of Phoenix.

The Scottsdale Fire Department said hikers continued on the trail after the water ran out before they got lost.

Dishon was among those rescued from the road, but he later died in hospital of heat exhaustion.

The doctor left behind a three-month-old daughter named Chloe and his wife, Amy Deschon.

His crying wife received a call from the hospital, with staff telling her that he had been “transferred to us by helicopter and has passed away”.

Dr. Evan Deschon, who recently became a father, died while hiking near Cave Creek on Monday afternoon after his group ran out of water and lost it while hiking in Arizona with five others under triple-digit heat.

The uniform was photographed at the Barrow Institute of Neurology.  He moved to Phoenix to become a neurologist after recently graduating from Creighton Medical School in the spring of 2021

The uniform was photographed at the Barrow Institute of Neurology. He moved to Phoenix to become a neurologist after recently graduating from Creighton Medical School in the spring of 2021

Doctor dies on a walk: His wife, Amy, says he just wanted to go for walks with his friends. Normally she would have paid, but he’s been working hard as a new dad and a neurology resident. She told me he wanted people to know that anyone could achieve their dreams, no matter where they came from. She described a marriage full of love and partnership. Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. ABC15 Arizona GOFUNDME: https://www.gofundme.com/f/evan-dishion-md-family-fund-and-funeral-services?qid=e26fe5a30ebe2566e62fc2fdf509d1f6

Written by Ashley Holden on Tuesday, September 6, 2022

The doctor left behind a three-month-old daughter, Chloe, with his wife, Amy

Evan's wife Amy said she found out about her husband's death when she received a call from the hospital

Evan’s wife Aimee (right) said that she only found out about her husband’s death when she received a call from the hospital

Six hikers had to be rescued after running out of water at the Spur Cross Trailhead Mountain, about 40 miles north of Phoenix.

Six hikers had to be rescued after running out of water at the Spur Cross Trailhead Mountain, about 40 miles north of Phoenix.

The couple moved across the country before settling in Phoenix, where they had their first child.

“He was really thoughtful, self-reflective, smart and just wanted to help people,” said his wife, whom he met ten years ago at a fellow community member in Oregon. “One day he looked at me and said, ‘I think I want to be a doctor.'”

Since his daughter’s arrival, he hasn’t had much time with his friends and wanted to spend time hanging out with them.

He promised his wife that he would come back if the weather was too hot, and Amy only learned what had happened when she got a phone call from the hospital.

Normally I would defend a little bit more strongly [about the hike]Amy said crying while speaking with ABC15 Arizona.

All of their cell phones ran out of battery after hiking in the sweltering temperatures, leaving them with no means of communication for the four miles of road.

The group borrowed someone else’s phone to call the firefighters who arrived at the scene to take the group to safety.

Hikers were four miles from their trail when the water ran out and found themselves unable to call for help because their phone batteries had run out.  Authorities are warning hikers to bring in more water than necessary and to plan their trips carefully in advance

Hikers were four miles from their trail when the water ran out and found themselves unable to call for help because their phone batteries had run out. Authorities are warning hikers to bring in more water than necessary and to plan their trips carefully in advance

The Scottsdale Fire Department released photos of emergency vehicles after the accident

The Scottsdale Fire Department released photos of emergency vehicles after the accident

“When we got out on this road, the temperature on the asphalt alone was reading 127 F from our truck,” said Scottsdale Fire Department Captain Dave Folio.

I think it was 109 degrees Fahrenheit outside, so it was very hot. They should have been off the track three or four hours ago.

A high of 109 degrees Fahrenheit was reported Monday, six degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

Officials said the other five hikers did not need to be taken to hospital and were expected to be fine.

‘We have a plan; Know your limits,” Folio added. This is the message we are trying to spread.

Authorities warned hikers to plan their route, stick to their route, and bring as much water as possible – and urged hikers to turn back once the water supply is halved.

Mount Spur Cross Trailhead appears in Arizona, where hikers got lost

Mount Spur Cross Trailhead appears in Arizona, where hikers got lost

A high of 109 degrees Fahrenheit was reported on the day emergency services were called, and six degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

A high of 109 degrees Fahrenheit was reported on the day emergency services were called, and six degrees above normal, according to the National Weather Service in Phoenix.

Authorities tell hikers to plan well in advance of their trip, bring in more water than they think they might need, and try to hike early in the morning only when the weather is cooler.

Authorities tell hikers to plan well in advance of their trip, bring in more water than they think they might need, and try to hike early in the morning only when the weather is cooler.

Deschonne’s family and friends describe him as a “loving father and husband who cares for his three-month-old daughter Chloe and wife, Amy Deschon”.

Originally from Salem, Deschon moved to Phoenix to become a neurologist after recently graduating from Creighton Medical School in the spring of 2021 and was in his second year of residency at Barrow Neurological Institute.

His LinkedIn profile states that his professional interests include “stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, brain-computer interfaces, and neurotechnology”.

It has been published in eight medical journals, according to the Google Scholar page linked to his Twitter profile, with two citations to his most recent paper.

Deschon studied at Harvard Medical School and the University of California, San Francisco.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Dr. Evan Deschion,” the institute said, in honor of the doctor seen by GNT News.

‘Dr. Dishion was an intelligent and talented physician who recently started his first year as a neurology residency at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Filmed on the family's GoFundMe, which aims to raise money to support Chloe and Amy

Filmed on the family’s GoFundMe, which aims to raise money to support Chloe and Amy

He was a kind and generous person who made it his mission and passion to improve the lives of others. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to Dr. Descheon’s family, friends and colleagues during this time of mourning.

The doctor’s family created a GoFundMe to help support Amy and Chloe without her husband and father.

GoFundMe raised more than $11,000 – exceeding its original goal of $10,000 in a matter of days.

The body of another parker was discovered August 27 after being separated from his group in Sarah Park, Arizona.

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