Doctor Walks 6 Miles through the Snow to Perform Emergency Brain Surgery

The winter storm that hit the American South has been particularly bad in Birmingham, Alabama. The city simply doesn't maintain the infrustructure necessary to deal with this kind of weather, which has placed a strain on the medical facilities there.

Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw is a brain surgeon. He was at one hospital when he was summoned to a traumatic brain injury at another. No other neurosurgeons were available.

Dr. Hrynkiw started driving there, but the traffic was terrible. Eventually, he ditched his car six miles away from his destination and started walking.

Cell phone service was spotty, so the two hospitals lost contact with Dr. Hrynkiw for hours. Eventually, he arrived and performed the surgery. Steve Davis, a nurse at that hospital, told the Birmingham News that Dr. Hrynkiw saved the man's life:

"Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died," Davis said. "But he is doing well." […]

"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.' "

Davis said Hrynkiw takes good care of himself and frequently walks for exercise.

-via Mike Oliver

(Photo: AL.com)


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