It was a typical Friday night in October in the New York City borough of Queens, when one of the borough’s most famous doctors began a routine of playing video games.
But this time, it wasn’t a video game.
It was real.
Dr. David Hahn was a gastroenterologist, but he was not just a gastroentologist.
In fact, he was a video gamer.
And that was a bit of a surprise.
Hahn was on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his brain and heart, a procedure that left him with severe nerve damage.
Hahns diagnosis had come just weeks after he had received a call from his wife, who was having a hard time coping with his severe condition.
As the days went by, Dr. Hahn began playing video game after video game, a habit that would continue throughout his recovery.
His daughter was even invited to join him in the house.
So when he received a phone call from her that Saturday night, he knew something was up.
He quickly checked his phone and saw a strange message from his daughter.
“It was from a friend of mine,” he told ABC News.
“I said, ‘You’re the one that called me,’ and she said, yeah.
And I said, I’m not really going to answer the phone.'”
Hahn said he did not understand what was going on.
“She was like, ‘Hey, Dad, I just got this from the doctor that he wants you to call him,'” Hahn said.
“So I said to her, ‘OK, fine, let’s talk.’
And she was like — it was a weird phone call.
And she said it was Dr. David.”
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Dr Hahn and his wife were both attending the annual “Golfers Choice Awards” at the Javits Center in New York.
He was in the middle of a round when he got a call.
“And I said — I said what’s going on?” he recalled.
“And she said her husband was in a room, she had to go to the hospital.
And she just — she was kind of shocked, because she knew she was supposed to be in New Jersey, and she was a very active gamer.”
Dr. Hahnes wife and daughter had been invited to attend the same event, but their schedules were different.
“The next day she called me and said, Dad.
I don’t know what’s happened to you, but you need to come to New York and I need to go and see him,” he said.
Hanna told ABCNews.com that her husband and daughter were “very excited” to be there.
But Dr. Adam Hahn says that when he arrived at his son’s hospital, his family was not there.
“He just didn’t recognize me at all,” he recalled of his daughter’s reaction to the call.
“He’s like, where are we?
I said ‘We’re not here.'”
Dr. Adam, who now lives in Ohio, said he knew what he was getting into.
“When we walked into the room, I knew it was an emergency,” he recounted.
“I didn’t know how long we were going to be here.
And then I said that I needed to get in there and help him.”
But when he walked in, he says he felt like something was not right.
“My heart was pounding.
My face was red, and I was scared,” he continued.
“It was very overwhelming.”
“There was no doubt that something was wrong,” he added.
“We just knew that he was very sick.”
Dr Hahn went back to work at his office, but the effects of his diagnosis were still very much there.
He was diagnosed with Stage 3 neuroblastoma, a cancer that kills a large percentage of people with the disease.
He is now fighting for life, with his cancer slowly taking its toll on his body.
“Dr. Chris Hahn has suffered from multiple surgeries and cancer treatments, and is still battling to stay alive,” his wife said in a statement.
“With no hope of finding a cure, his battle to keep fighting has been nothing short of inspirational.”
Dr Chris Hahne’s daughter, Chloe, and son, Alex, attend the annual Golfers Choice awards in New Orleans on May 30, 2019.
(Paul Chiasson/AFP/Getty Images)”My life is not over, my father is fighting and my life is about to change,” Chloe said in the statement.
“We are fortunate that Dr. Chris is still alive, but it is time to move on with our lives and be proud of the life we have lived.”