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Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw had to perform an operation Tuesday, but an unusual Southern snowstorm had stalled Birmingham, Ala., traffic and stranded hundreds of drivers. So Hrynkiw decided to walk.

“He had a 90 percent chance of death,” Hrynkiw told NBC News. “If he didn’t have surgery, he’d be dead. It’s not going to happen on my shift.”

Hrynkiw is Trinity Medical Center’s only neurosurgeon.

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