Surgeon walks through snow storm to save a life - KMSP-TV

Surgeon walks through snow storm to save a life

Posted: Updated:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -

An Alabama surgeon walked six miles through this week's snowstorm to a save a dying patient and that determined effort paid off.
 
Neurosurgeon Zenko Hrynkiw saves lives for a living, but during Tuesday's storm, it took more than medical skills to keep a dying patient alive.

"There was a person in the emergency room at trinity with a massive bleed in the brain deteriorating," said Hrynkiw.

The problem is that Dr. Hrynkiw was at the Brookwood Medical Center which is at least 6 miles away.

"I told Brookwood that I had to leave, and went to the parking lot, and it was snowing. And snow doesn't really scare me that much, But when I got out of the doctors parking lot up the hill, unfortunately there was accidents to the right and accidents to the left," said Hrynkiw.

Driving to trinity was not an option.

"I just walked down the hill and started walking towards trinity," said Hrynkiw.

With 20 degrees temperatures and snow piling up, he trekked one step at a time.

"Unfortunately, I had my slips on from the operating groom and my scrubs so I was not really geared up for my adventure," said Hrynkiw.

Along the way he stopped for a few minutes of warmth inside of a parked ambulance, and to help stranded strangers push their cars out of a ditch.

"Lucky for me a passerby, a sales rep actually, give me a lift the rest of the way," said Hrynkiw.

Within two hours, Dr. Hrynkiw was operating in the O.R.

"The brain was literally exploding as I entered it we had to amputate a part of it to get the clot out. Touch and go for a long time just to control the bleeding," said Hrynkiw.

"He was dying and if he hadn't had surgery, it wasn't going to happen," said Hrynkiw.

Even Dr. Hrynkiw says in hindsight, he realizes it was a miraculous event. That patient survived the surgery thanks to his efforts.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • Fatal shooting off Venetian Drive SW

    Fatal shooting off Venetian Drive SW

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 2:27 AM EDT2014-09-02 06:27:29 GMT
    Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of an abandoned car wash.
    Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of an abandoned car wash.
  • Burglars pretend to be engaged couple buying a home

    Burglars pretend to be engaged couple buying a home

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:18:05 GMT
    Deputies are asking the public for help to find more homeowners who may have fallen victim to two burglars, pretending to be in the market for a home.The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Tyler Michels and Rebecca Weismayer were arrested for burglarizinga 76-year-old man's home. Deputies say the two posed as an engaged couple looking to buy their first home. Detectives tell FOX 5 the homeowner let the suspects in, allowing the two to case his home. The two waited until the homeowner left, ...
    Deputies are asking the public for help to find more homeowners who may have fallen victim to two burglars, pretending to be in the market for a home.The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says Tyler Michels and Rebecca Weismayer were arrested for burglarizinga 76-year-old man's home. Deputies say the two posed as an engaged couple looking to buy their first home. Detectives tell FOX 5 the homeowner let the suspects in, allowing the two to case his home. The two waited until the homeowner left, ...
  • Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

    Savannah police seek leads on 2 weekend killings

    Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
    Police in Savannah are seeking leads after two men were shot to death over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices