Doctor walks six miles in snow to perform life-saving brain surgery at Trinity Medical Center

An Alabama Doctor Walked Six Miles Through Snow In Order To Perform Life-Saving Brain Surgery

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

Doctor walks six miles in snow to perform life-saving 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.

In this file photo from 2005, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw performs back surgery at Baptist Montclair, now Trinity Medical Center. (Joe Songer/photo)
In this file photo from 2005, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw performs back surgery at Baptist Montclair, now Trinity Medical Center. (Joe Songer/photo)

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.

“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. 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.

Source: blog.al.com

3 comments

  1. Comes to show that there are a lot of GOOD people in this world. I know that we mostly hear about the bad things, the horrid people, the selfish greedy ones, the violent ones, etc. on the news; but every day there are these miracles of kindness happening, by extraordinarily ordinary people. Doing good things. Yay for Doc. Hrynkiw, and for everyone who goes the extra mile(s) for another!

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