Jan 31, 2014

Brain Surgeon Walks 6 Mi Through Storm To Save Patient in Alabama

As cities in the southern U.S. continue to recover from the ice and snow storm that brought life to a standstill in many places this week, stories are emerging about the incredible things some people did to help out others.
Let's start Friday with one of those tales.
From Alabama, The Birmgham News writes that:
"Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw wonders what all the fuss is about.
"The doctor who walked six miles in the snow to perform emergency life-saving brain surgery said any good doctor would do it.
" 'It really wasn't that big of a deal,' Hrynkiw said, addressing reporters today at Trinity Medical Center where he is a neurosurgeon."
As the storm rolled over Birmingham on Tuesday, Hrynkiw was at one hospital — Brookwood Medical Center — when he got word that a patient at Trinity Medical Center had taken a turn for the worse, needed surgery as soon as possible and that no other surgeon there could do it.
Driving wasn't an option because of the snow and ice. Emergency personnel were busy. So getting a lift didn't seem to be likely either. The patient had a "90 percent chance of dying" without the operation, Hrynkiw says.
The doctor put a coat over his hospital scrubs. His shoes were covered by operating room "slip-ons." Hrynkiw set out.

Dec 27, 2013

Strangers pull unconscience 72 yr. old driver from burning car.

Dec. 25, 2013  -   A 72 yr old man crashed his Mercedes Benz station wagon into the concrete divider on the northbound 405 Freeway near the Ventura (101) Freeway in Sherman Oaks on Christmas Day. As his car burst into flames, several men got out of their own cars, rushed over to the burning car and pulled the unconscious driver to safety.  Read here for more.

Photos showing people being generous and kind to people and animals.

Here are some photos showcasing people being generous and kind to other people (and animals.)
Click here for more photos (22 pictures.)

Oct 11, 2013

Woman stops runaway semi.

Jordan Osborne and her two young children were traveling along Highway 41 near the Robertson-Davidson County line last week when she noticed an 18-wheeler headed toward her.

The driver of the truck had swerved across four lanes of traffic during rush hour.

Osborne told Nashville's News 2 she could see the driver slumped over against the window and says she knew something was wrong.

She was able to swerve to miss the 18-wheeler and call 911.
"It was clear that God's hands just kind of parted Highway 41, parted traffic for that truck driver to land eventually," said Osborne.
Osborne turned around and spotted the truck in the emergency lane on the wrong side of the road. She could tell the truck was still rolling.

Osborne pulled over behind the semi-truck and ran up to the driver's side door, but it was locked.
She started banging on the window until the driver was able to hit the unlock button.

Osborne reached inside to turn off the ignition, but the truck kept rolling. The driver was then able to tell her "white button" to release the air brakes.

When she pulled the brakes, the man said, "That a girl," according to Osborne.
The 34-year-old Texas man was taken to Skyline Medical Center where he was treated.

Oct 7, 2013

Man performs CPR on tourist having heart attack.

Oct 2012:
During a visit from Toronto on Oct. 5, Kroft, 40, was sightseeing with his family in Manhattan. As the family approached the corner of 6th Avenue and 45th Street, Kroft grabbed his heart and fell to his knees, having suffered a serious heart attack.
"We were walking across 45th Street," said Kroft's brother Ryan, who had joined Kroft, Kroft's wife Marci, and their two daughters, Sloane, 7, and Harper, 9, "when Jason said he was having very bad indigestion. And that's when he fell to his knees."
People rushed over, Kroft says, and urged him to call 9-1-1, which he did.
"Marci screamed that Jason was turning blue and around that moment I turned to speak to 9-1-1 operators. Then the man appeared and asked a few questions and the next thing I knew he was giving mouth-to-mouth," Ryan Kroft said.
Kroft says his brother soon began to make sounds as if he was trying to breathe and his color returned to normal.
The man continued doing chest compressions on Kroft for 10 minutes until the ambulance arrived, the family said.
"Marci was on the ground holding Jason's hand and I was trying to comfort the children, so we never got a good look at the guy. Then, we all ran with the stretcher as they loaded Jason into the ambulance," the brother said.
In the moments that paramedics took over and continued stabilizing Kroft, the hero slipped into the crowd and disappeared before the family was able to thank him.
Kroft was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital then to St. Luke's where he underwent emergency open-heart surgery and where he is now recovering.