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Surgeon walks through snow storm to save a life

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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.

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