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Alabama Neurosurgeon, Zenko Hrynkiw, Walks Six Miles Through Snow Storm For Emergency Surgery

By Bianca Facchinei b.facchinei@hngn.com | Jan 31, 2014 11:49 AM EST

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Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw walked six miles in the Alabama snow on Tuesday to perform emergency surgery on a dying patient. (Photo : Twitter)

Despite the dangerous weather conditions and extensive traffic jam in Alabama, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw walked six miles in the snow on Tuesday in order to perform emergency surgery on a dying patient, NBCNews.com reported.

When he realized traveling by car would be nearly impossible, Dr. Hrynkiw, 62, traveled from Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham to Trinity Medical Center by foot.

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"It really wasn't that big of a deal," the neurosurgeon said on Thursday. "I walk a lot, so it wasn't that big of a deal."

However, the doctor added he wasn't exactly prepared for the frigid walk.

"It was kind of a nice day for a walk. 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."

Hrynkiw said he left Brookwood at 10:45 a.m. and was operating on the patient -- suffering from traumatic brain injury -- at Trinity by 12:45 p.m. Additionally, he was able to receive the patient's CT scan via text message on his walk over.

"He had a 90 percent chance of death," Hrynkiw said. "If he didn't have surgery, he'd be dead. It's not going to happen on my shift."

Steve Davis, charge nurse in the neuro-intensive care unit at Trinity, said "the patient would have most likely died" without the help of Dr. Hrynkiw -- the only brain surgeon at the hospital.

"This just speaks volumes to the dedication of the man," Davis added. "When I saw him, all I could say is 'you are a good man.'"

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