"Hero" Is No Hyperbole For This Man
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We live in an age where hyperbole abounds. Everything (and everyone) is the "greatest," or the "worst," or the "most important," yada yada yada. But I just read a story which proves that heroes are in our midst, and when I read a story like this I feel like standing up and cheering:

"Surgeon walked 6 miles in Ala. storm to OR

You think you're dedicated to your job? Probably not compared to this guy: Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was needed for an emergency brain surgery at Birmingham, Ala.'s Trinity Medical Center on Tuesday morning, but he was six miles away at another hospital.

With a snowstorm raging and traffic at a standstill, getting there seemed unfeasible. "When I got out of the doctors' parking lot up the hill, unfortunately there were accidents to the right and accidents to the left," he tells WBRC.

But Hrynkiw is Trinity's only neurosurgeon, and the patient "had a 90% chance of death. If he didn't have surgery, he'd be dead. It's not going to happen on my shift," he said, per NBC News. So, at 10:45am, in 20-degree weather, he decided to walk.

Hrynkiw checked the patient's CT scan (which he received via text) as he walked—still wearing "my slip-ons from the operating groom and my scrubs. So I was not really geared up for my adventure."

Along the way he helped strangers push their cars away from a ditch and eventually got help from a passerby, who gave him a lift part of the way. He was operating on the patient within two hours of starting his trek.

"This just speaks volumes to the dedication of the man. When I saw him, all I could say is 'you are a good man,'" a nurse tells the AP, adding the patient is now "doing well." Hrynkiw, on the other hand, says, "It really wasn't that big of a deal. I walk a lot.""

See: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/31/newser-alabama-snowstorm-surgeon/5078179/

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timeontarget commented on Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 07:24 AM

A truly heartwarming story.

JimmyMack commented on Monday, Feb 03, 2014 at 18:41 PM

I think it comes down to just having some good people around us. Even tho Medicine is VERY important, many other got to do it now folks are out there.

One comes to my mind. It happened on a weekend and had to do with plumbing. Early on morning we notinced our toilets would NOT flush completely, water was coming up out of our bath tub drain and in our shower. All of it Slowly rising. Now this wasn't a life or death kind of situation but it was a Saturday! I called the fine folks who had a method to reach them in such cases. They worked for Sanitary Plumbing. They put me in touch with one if not finest plumbers and before you could say jimminy cricket they were here, pulled out this piece of equipment called an auger (sic) and fixed the problem.

Turns out, the Sanitary Plumbing man, was at his daughters Birth Day Party. He left it in order to help us. Turns out, this wasn't the first time this was done for others.

Hard, but lucky, to find folks like that.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 12:53 PM

You're right - not life and death. As I mentioned to you once before, I pretty much think about Sanitary Plumbing as TOT does about the all-volunteer military. We each have our own personal experiences.

But as for "heroes," I'll rate the emergency brain surgeon over the plumbing "weekend warrior." But as you said - crises come in all sizes, and when you have one it's good to be rescued.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Feb 05, 2014 at 17:41 PM

No doubt.

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