Doctor walks 6 miles through storm for life-saving surgery

Heroes of the Storm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Since the treacherous winter weather conditions began on Tuesday, numerous stories have been shared of heroes and people who went the extra mile for another person in need.

One of those people is a local doctor who hiked around six miles through the snow and frigid temperatures to perform a life-saving brain operation.

Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw started his hike at Brookwood Medical Center. While there, he helped another surgeon with a procedure.

He caught a ride in Crestline Village and was able to keep up with doctors and nurses at Trinity Medical Center via cell phone and text messaging.

Dr. Hrynkiw says the one thing that helped him keep moving was knowing what would happen if he didn’t make it to the hospital.

“He had a 90 percent chance of death,” Dr. Hrynklw said. “The nurses and the ER physicial called me while I was walking. He was telling me he was deteriorated and went into unconsciousness. He was dying. So if he didn’t have surgery, he’d be dead, and it’s not going to happen on my shift.”

The patient survived the surgery and is expected to recover.

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