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Topic: Doctor walks 6 miles in snow for Brain Surgery
Posted By: Alias_Avi
Subject: Doctor walks 6 miles in snow for Brain Surgery
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:16am

Doctor walks six miles in snow to perform life-saving brain surgery at Trinity Medical Center" rel="nofollow - By" rel="nofollow - Mike Oliver |" rel="nofollow -
In this file photo from 2005, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw performs back
surgery at Baptist Montclair, now Trinity Medical Center.
 (Joe Songer/photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was at Brookwood Medical Center Tuesday morning when he was needed for emergency brain surgery at Trinity Medical Center.

The problem was the sudden snowstorm had locked down traffic, and the neurosurgeon didn't get farther than a few blocks.

"The 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.

"He 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."

Davis 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." rel="nofollow - 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.

Posted By: liesnalibis
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:18am
Awww bless him. Heart

Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:20am
We need more people like this in the world,d.aWc&psig=AFQjCNHj5j5NZN5YWRkTh0tbCS0zFMdbyQ&ust=1391235577688658" rel="nofollow">

Posted By: ShadyLady
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:22am
That is very admirable.

I appreciate his dedication and commitment to being there for his patient. I'm sure most wouldn't have done that.

Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:23am
He has a kind heart but he looks evil.

Posted By: DiorShowGirl
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:25am
wow that is a 2005 photo??? what does he look like now???..

god bless him...his wings await for him in heaven..

Posted By: bindy
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:40am

According to this site he is 61 years old.

Posted By: Mixer
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:49am
Originally posted by Alias_Avi Alias_Avi wrote:

We need more people like this in the world,d.aWc&psig=AFQjCNHj5j5NZN5YWRkTh0tbCS0zFMdbyQ&ust=1391235577688658" rel="nofollow">

Yes it does. And Trinity needs more brain surgeons.

Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 1:15am

Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 2:09am

Posted By: miana79
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 12:53pm
Amazing, I salute him!!

Posted By: decemberdiamond
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 1:14pm
what a great story

Posted By: goodm3
Date Posted: Jan 31 2014 at 1:31pm
this is man who is dedicated to  his professional and understands the impact he has on lives. 

Posted By: Faithfully2002
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 8:01am
Awesome Clap

Posted By: Star007
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 8:05am
There are still good people left on this earth

Posted By: beautiful_hair
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 8:06am
That's wonderful.  What a heart warming story.

Posted By: nemesis1
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 8:17am
Wow. A round of applause for him. Clap Clap Clap

Posted By: Miss SDY
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 8:24am

We need more people like this in the world!

Posted By: Tbaby
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 8:37am
See the world isn't all pure evil.  There are people who think if others before themselves.Clap

Posted By: MsBMW
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 9:42am
I love reading stories like this

Posted By: yayatheprincess
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 12:01pm
this is truly beautiful. what an honorable man

Posted By: alynxx
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 12:10pm

Posted By: sugabanana
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 12:29pm
Awww bless his heart.

Posted By: newin2009
Date Posted: Feb 01 2014 at 12:40pm
what a touching story

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