It’s hard to determine which is more commendable, a doctor’s commitment to his profession or his humbleness.
Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw is downplaying an extraordinary journey that found him walking 6 miles in a paralyzing Alabama snowstorm to perform emergency life-saving brain surgery, Alabama Media Group reported.
“It really wasn’t that big of a deal,” the neurosurgeon told reporters Thursday.
Hrynkiw was assisting another surgeon at Brookwood Medical Center when a call came in about a patient in the emergency room at Trinity Medical Center, some six miles away.
CT scans were sent to Hrynkiw over his cell phone, and he concluded the patient “had a 90 percent chance of dying.”
He attempted to drive the distance, but didn’t get very far as the roads were impassable, so he got out in the below 20-degree weather and started walking.
Oh, and along the way, he helped push a couple of stranded motorists stuck in the snow and stopped briefly to warm up when he spotted an ambulance.
“It was kind of a fun journey, unfortunately I had my slip-ons and my scrubs … so I was not really geared for my adventure.”
Trinity Medical Center CEO Keith Granger said Hrybkiw is being humble about his experience, according to Alabama Media Group.
“It was not just a walk in the park,” Granger said. “It’s a remarkable physical feat and mental feat. And we have an individual alive today who wouldn’t be here if not for his efforts.”
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