Some people, like Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw, an Alabama neurosurgeon, just can’t be stopped from doing the right thing even if it means walking six miles through the snow to save a man’s life. Hrynkiw had to walk from Birmingham’s Brookwood Medical Center to Trinity Medical Center to perform a life-saving operation on a man who had begun to deteriorate.
The operation was slated originally for Tuesday but the sudden snowstorm had roads blocked and traffic at a standstill. Even emergency vehicles were unable to navigate through the city. Thousands of drivers were stranded for hours.
“It really wasn’t that big of a deal,” Hrynkiw said to reporters Thursday. “I walk a lot, so it wasn’t that big of a deal.” He added, “[The patient] had a 90 percent chance of death. If he didn’t have surgery, he’d be dead. It’s not going to happen on my shift.”
Google maps charts the distance as being about six miles.
Steve Davis, charge nurse in the neuro-intensive care unit at Trinity, told the AP that the patient probably would have died had Dr. Hrynkiw, Trinity’s only neurosurgeon, not walked through the snow to perform the operation. the patient is doing well, according to Davis.
Davis couldn’t resist the chance to sing Dr. Hrynkiw’s praises, and neither can we. “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.’ ”
You are a great man, Dr. Hrynkiw.
Watch the video of the good doctor shrug off his wonderful deed like it is just another day here.
h/t: NBC News