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Local doctor hailed as a hero after walking miles in the snow to get to hospital

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Snow and ice stopped drivers, but it didn't stop neurosurgeon Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw.

He said, “I saw the cat scan. Again, they were able to text me the image and this man was going to die. He had a 90 percent chance of death.”

The doctor walked six miles. He was wearing hospital scrubs and a coat to get to the patient, who needed surgery.

“Nurses and the ER physicians were also calling me, while I was walking; telling me he has deteriorated and he went into unconsciousness.”

He fell and rolled down a hill. He got back up. He even helped some drivers who were stuck along the way. He continued on his journey from Brookwood Medical Center to Trinity Medical Center.

To this 62-year-old doctor nothing was more important  than being in the operating room.

“He was dying so if he didn't have surgery he would be dead, and it's not going to happen on my shift,” Dr. Hrynkiw said.

A six mile trek in snow and ice…some see it as heroic, but he said he's just a doctor who did what he had to do in order to get the job done.

Dr. Hrynkiw has survived a liver transplant; he also said he has bad knees.  However, he plays tennis and walks daily.

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