It's not often a man is so dedicated to his work he risks his own life to save another's. It's even harder to find a doctor willing to go out of his way to save the lives of his patients during a storm.
When an arctic front moved through the country, and Atlanta's roads became icy, more than 1,000 people were left stranded and unable to get out because of the snow.
But one doctor in the Atlanta area kept going to work to help his patients, even in the snow and ice, reports WGHP. The snow couldn’t stop the chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta from helping his young patients on an icy day.
After the chilly winter weather spread across much of South shutting down roads and services, Dr. Dean McKenzie realized he would not be able to drive to the hospital in Atlanta. So the doctor decided to do a mile-long hike so he could get to work to look after his patients.
The hospital thanked McKenzie for his dedication with a post on Facebook. The hospital wrote a wonderful tribute to its dedicated doctor:
When icy roads prevented Dr. McKenzie, our Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, from driving to work yesterday, he walked a mile through snow and ice to get to the hospital. Thank you to the men and women on our staff who made it possible to continue with surgeries, procedures and exams as winter weather swirled outside this week!
This post has gone viral and received more than 20,000 reactions. It has also been shared more than 3,000 times, with hundreds of people praising the doctor and other hospital staff for making sure the patients were still getting treatment during the unusual weather conditions.
A spokeswoman with the hospital said the hospital is thankful to all the men and women on their staff.
This is not the first case of such dedication by doctors in Atlanta. In 2014, Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw was urgently needed to perform brain surgery. It was a sudden emergency, but the roads were closed due to a severe snowstorm. The neurosurgeon could not get more than three blocks from the hospital he was at.
Both hospitals tried to provide transportation for the surgeon, but neither was able to because of the severe weather conditions.
But Hrynkiw went above and beyond by walking almost 6 miles to perform the emergency surgery.
“Without the surgery the patient would have died,” said Steve Davis, the charge nurse in the neuro intensive care unit of the hospital. “But he’s doing well."
This hike from Brookwood Medical Centre to Trinity Medical Center showed a similar dedication to that of McKenzie’s desire to be there for his patients.
Hrynkiw's reply, when asked about what he did to be there for his patient: "I'm just doing my job."
This kind of act is rare in today’s world, and a lot of people have shown appreciation for the way Drs. McKenzie Hrynkiw and put the lives of their patients before their own.