A recent Alabama snowstorm in Birmingham was no match for one doctor. Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was at Brookwood Medical Center on Tuesday when he received an emergency call. Traumatic brain injury at Trinity Medical. And Dr. Hrynkiw was the only neurosurgeon available from Trinity.
Problem was a sudden snowstorm had stopped traffic. Extreme weather that later killed five. There was no way to drive from Brookwood to Trinity located six miles away.
Dr. Hrynkiw made a life-saving decision.
‘The cell service was bad so we were fading in and out,’ said Steve Davis, charge nurse in the neuro intensive care unit at Trinity. ‘At one point, I heard him say, ‘I’m walking.’
Hours passed. No word from the doctor. Davis called police, but police couldn’t find him either.
Google Maps estimated the hike to be six miles away. Davis, however, believes the actual hike took eight miles. Finally, through the bad weather, Dr. Hrynkiw was able to contact Davis, reach the medical center and perform the surgery.
‘Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died,’ Davis said. ‘But he is doing well.’
‘This just speaks volumes to the dedication of the man,’ Davis said. ‘When I saw him, all I could say is ‘you are a good man.’
Dr. Hrynkiw is a great man. His dedication saved one life and likely has saved thousands more. If you have a doctor like Dr. Hrynkiw, please say a thank you to them today.