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Now This is dedication!

Posted by on Jan. 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM
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Brain surgeon walked six miles during snowstorm for emergency operation

An Alabama doctor describes his six-mile walk in a crippling snow storm to conduct surgery on a dying patient.

Not a snowstorm, a traffic jam or a daunting six-mile walk through fresh powder could stop an Alabama neurosurgeon from getting to the hospital where he was needed for emergency surgery.

Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw had to travel from Birmingham's Brookwood Medical Center to Trinity Medical Center to perform the operation Tuesday, but a sudden snowstorm had snarled all traffic, with thousands of drivers getting stranded for hours. 

Authorities in Alabama had declared a state of emergency only for the southern half of the state, leaving out hard-hit Birmingham and sending available equipment the other way.

Getting to the hospital by car would've been nearly impossible.

Instead, the neurosurgeon decided to make the trek by foot. 

"It really wasn’t that big of a deal," Hrynkiw said Thursday. “I walk a lot, so it wasn’t that big of a deal."

He said he left Brookwood  around 10:45 a.m. ET — and by 12:45 p.m. he was already operating on the patient.

And the good doctor said he was even able to receive the patient's CT scan via text message while walking toward the hospital. 

The emergency surgery was for a traumatic brain injury and Hrynkiw is Trinity’s only brain surgeon, according to The Associated Press.

“He had a 90 percent chance of death,” Hrynkiw said. “If he didn’t have surgery, he’d be dead. It’s not going to happen on my shift,” he added.

“Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died,” Steve Davis, charge nurse in the neuro-intensive care unit at Trinity, told the AP. “But he is doing well.”

Google Maps estimates the distance Hrynkiw walked at around six miles.

“This just speaks volumes to the dedication of the man,” Davis said. “When I saw him, all I could say is ‘you are a good man.’"

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suzeebloch
by Ronna on Jan. 31, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Kudos to that doctor!  thanks for sharing this, Lisa.  It's a nice change of pace to hear Good News every now and then, isn't it?

mac1940
by Mary Ann on Jan. 31, 2014 at 5:09 PM

He for sure took his Hippocratic serious.  I agree kudos to him.

mrs.Emm1
by Bronze Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Sounds like a wonderful doctor.

jabs54
by Jeanine on Jan. 31, 2014 at 6:58 PM

 What a great doctor!

DesignGirl450
by Lynda on Jan. 31, 2014 at 7:46 PM

That's amazing.  I wish he was my doctor. 

louannwilkins
by Louann on Jan. 31, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Awww it's SO nice to hear a story like this one!!!!  Thanks Lisa!!!  :)

LEK19
by Platinum Member on Jan. 31, 2014 at 10:15 PM

 Wow!

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by on Feb. 1, 2014 at 12:03 AM

What a great doctor ;)

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