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.