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The heroic Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw

Via: Huffington Post

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On Tuesday morning, a brain surgeon in Birmingham, Ala., WALKED SIX MILES THROUGH A SEVERE SNOW STORM TO SAVE A PATIENT’s LIFE.

Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw, Trinity Medical Center’s only neurosurgeon, had just finished surgery at a neighboring hospital when Steve Davis, the charge nurse at Trinity’s neuro intensive care unit, called him with an emergency, AL.com reported. Hrynkiw attempted to drive to the hospital, but roadblocks prevented him from getting far.

Davis told The Huffington Post that both local authorities and Trinity tried to provide transportation for Hrynkiw, but to no avail.

“I called him again and he said, ‘I’m not getting anywhere, I’m walking,'” Davis told HuffPost.

He estimates that it took Hrynkiw about five hours to get to Trinity. At around 12:30 p.m., the surgeon called again. “I’m walking in the door,” Hrynkiw said. “Where’s the patient?”

Davis told HuffPost that the patient had already been prepped for surgery. Hyrnkiw walked in, spoke to the patient’s family and “off to the OR we went,” according to Davis.  As of Thursday morning, the patient was stable, he said.

“Without the surgery, the patient would have most likely died,” Davis told AL.com.

The charge nurse, who’s worked at Trinity for 10 years, told HuffPost he’s never seen anything like this — but Hyrnkiw’s actions didn’t surprise him.

“He’s on call about 330 days a year,” Davis said. “He’s dedicated. Right before we started the surgery, I told him, ‘You’re a good man.'”

Hyrnkiw’s response: “I’m just doing my job.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/30/dr-zenko-hrynkiw-6-miles-brain-surgery_n_4697195.html

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January 31, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

American ‘work ethic’

Via: Humans of New York

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“I’m just a fat guy sitting in the cold.”

“Why are you sitting in the cold?”

I’m waiting to go to work. I work an overnight security job. I live in Philly, but I take the bus up here and stay for four days each week. I can’t find work in Philly and I’ve got two kids.”

“Where do you sleep?”

“Starbucks, McDonalds, anywhere I can take a quick nap.”

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Read more stories, see more photos, of New Yorkers, HERE:

http://www.humansofnewyork.com/post/69514327740/im-just-a-fat-guy-sitting-in-the-cold-why

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Hopefully someone reading this can find this guy a job in Philly – please.

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January 15, 2014 Posted by | U.S. Cities | , , , , | Leave a comment

Malala – “Quotes of the Day”

UN-PAKISTAN-YOUTH-MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Via: Huffington Post

Malala Yousafzai spent her 16th birthday demanding compulsory education for young people worldwide.

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In a speech Friday at the UN in New York, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head in October 2012 for speaking out about her right to education, talked about how she represents some 57 million children around the world are not going to school.

The UN declared her birthday as “Malala Day.” Introduced by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Malala spoke out about terrorism, poverty and a united front calling for education.

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We realized the importance of pens and books when we saw the guns. The extremists are afraid of books and pens.”

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“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first.”

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Read more, HERE:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/12/malala-day-at-un_n_3586266.html

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July 13, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Former NFL QB JON KITNA finds ‘gold mine’ at a school where other teachers only saw problems

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Via: Yahoo

TACOMA, Wash. – Before he left the Dallas Cowboys to come home again, Jon Kitna had one request of the two principals who run Lincoln High School:

Give me your worst students.

The other teachers told him to stop. This was last February and it was going to be hard enough to teach three algebra classes in the middle of a semester. He was two months gone from an NFL career that went for 16 years, after all. Yes, this was his old high school, the one where he was a star quarterback in the early 1990s, but didn’t the new football coach understand what he was getting into?

Didn’t he see the numbers? Didn’t he know that four of every five of the students were on free or reduced lunches? That finding a meal was more important than understanding negative integers? Inspiring the best students was going to be difficult enough. Save himself, they advised. Start slow. Make it easy.

Kitna shook his head. Easy wasn’t the point. At 6-foot-4 with a buzz cut and a body built for football, he fills the classroom doorways. He would not be intimidated. And how could they understand this was the only job he ever wanted – that his time in the NFL was a daily preparation for this moment? No, coming home was supposed to be as hard.

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Please take a few minutes, and read the rest, HERE:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl–former-nfl-qb-jon-kitna-finds-‘gold-mine’-at-a-school-where-other-teachers-only-saw-problems-194739063.html

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footnotes:

1. My Mom graduated from Lincoln High, Class of ’33.

2, I’ve been a die-hard Seahawk fan since Game 1 (1976), and a Kitna fan even before that.

3. Jon Kitna is a very good ‘Dude’.

GO ABES!

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December 20, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Horace Greasley

Via: The Telegraph

Horace Greasley, who died on February 4 aged 91, claimed a record unique among Second World War PoWs – that of escaping from his camp more than 200 times only to creep back into captivity each time.

The reason for the frequency with which Greasley put his life in danger, he admitted with engaging good humour and frankness, was simple: he had   embarked on a romance with a local German girl. Rosa Rauchbach was, if anything, running even greater risks than Greasley.

A translator at the camp where he was imprisoned, she had concealed her Jewish roots from the Nazis. Discovery of their affair would almost certainly have meant doom for them both.

Greasley recounted the almost incredible details of his wartime romance in the book Do The Birds Still Sing In Hell? (2008), which he had been “thinking   about and threatening to write” for almost 70 years. But while the book   is described as an “autobiographical novel”, the story was largely   confirmed at his debriefing by MI9 intelligence officers shortly after the  war.

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I suggest you might want to read the rest of the story, HERE:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/army-obituaries/7223148/Horace-Greasley.html

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January 30, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment