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This Brain Surgeon Hiked Through 6 Miles of Snow To Save a Life


When Birmingham, Alabama was hit with a freak snowstorm this Tuesday, highways and back roads alike were turned into parking lots. Traffic was at a standstill. Nothing would move.

That’s when a neurosurgeon, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw, received a call that a patient needed emergency brain surgery.

Unable to drive anywhere in the standstill traffic, Hrynkiw got out of his car and hiked for what Google maps estimates as 6 miles to the hospital.

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

Hrynkiw left around 10:45 a.m. — and by 12:45 p.m. — two hours later, he was at the hospital, operating on the patient.


“If he didn’t have surgery, he’d be dead,” Hrynkiw explained. “It’s not going to happen on my shift.”

“Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died,” Steve Davis explained. Davis is the charge nurse in the neuro-intensive care unit at Trinity Hospital.

Hrynkiw is clearly an everyday hero. We need more doctors – and more people – like this!

(Article by M.B. David and Shante Wooten)

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