Doctor walks six miles in snow to perform life-saving brain surgery at Trinity Medical Center
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this file photo from 2005, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw performs back
Baptist Montclair, now Trinity Medical Center.
Alabama -- Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was at Brookwood Medical Center Tuesday
morning when he was needed for emergency brain surgery at Trinity
The problem was the sudden snowstorm had locked down traffic, and the neurosurgeon didn't get farther than a few blocks.
cell service was bad so we were fading in and out," said Steve Davis,
charge nurse in the neuro intensive care unit at Trinity. "At one point,
I heard him say, 'I'm walking.'"
Davis had alerted authorities, and they were looking for him. There were supposed sightings, but no one could find him.
"The police were looking for him," Davis said.
Hours had gone by since the initial contact in the morning.
finally called me and said where's the patient? What's the status?"
Davis said. "He spoke to the family and went off to surgery."
It was an emergency surgery for a traumatic brain injury. Hrynkiw is Trinity's only brain surgeon, Davis said.
Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw
"Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died," Davis said. "But he is doing well."
said he and colleagues at Trinity were estimating the hike to the
Montclair Road hospital at about eight miles, although Google Maps puts
it at about six. The extreme weather Tuesday has been blamed for five deaths statewide and it stranded untold thousands away from their homes.
"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.
Edited by Alias_Avi - Jan 31 2014 at 12:18am