Stroke survivor thankful for 'snow angel' doctor who saved his l

Stroke survivor thankful for 'snow angel' doctor who saved his life Jan. 28

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Tony Robinson (in Auburn t-shirt) has impressed his medical team with his recovery. Source: WBRC video Tony Robinson (in Auburn t-shirt) has impressed his medical team with his recovery. Source: WBRC video
Robinson's wife, Andrea, says she thanks God for Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw. Source: WBRC video Robinson's wife, Andrea, says she thanks God for Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw. Source: WBRC video
Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw. Source: WBRC video Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Walking might not seem like much, but to Tony Robinson it's a huge milestone. 

"The first thing he said to me was that he was going to try and go home as soon as possible, and sure enough three weeks later we have him here going home," said Dr. David Palma with Trinity Medical Center. 

Robinson came to emergency room on the morning of Jan. 28. He had suffered a stroke, and was bleeding on the right side of his brain. That just happened to be the same day that Birmingham was hit with a winter blast that crippled much of the city. 

To make matters worse, the only doctor that could help Robinson was stranded six miles away. 

"I'm grateful," said Robinson of Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw, who hiked six miles through the snow to perform life-saving surgery.

"We just thank God, that he placed him here. That he was able to get here, and that God gave him the ability to do what he did," Robinson's wife Andrea said. 

Three weeks after the surgery, Robinson was transferred to Trinity Medical Center's "easy street." It's where patients come to rehab and practice doing everyday tasks like shopping and pumping gas. 

"They work hard with you. And I really enjoyed the stay here," said Robinson. 

"We had to modify his goals because he really exceeded them," said physical therapist Angel Baker.

That's not to say Robinson doesn't still have a long way to go. But walking out of the hospital on his own two feet is nothing short of a miracle.

"Were just thankful that Tony has done as well as he has, but Tony is a fighter," said Andrea Robinson.

"It's amazing! God is good," said Baker.

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