A doctor in Texas went above and beyond to ensure that a teenage boy suffering a serious medical problem was taken care of, even when the floods caused by Hurricane Harvey prevented him from making it to the hospital.
According to Inside Edition, pediatric general surgeon Dr. Stephen Kimmel got a call early Saturday morning saying that 16-year-old Jacob Terrazas was suffering from testicular torsion and needed help right away.
If left untreated for long enough, the teen could have suffered permanent damage.
Although his home was already beginning to flood, Dr. Kimmel didn’t hesitate to jump in his car to get to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster.
Unfortunately, Kimmel’s car didn’t make it very far due to rising waters, but two volunteer firefighters were able to reach him in a truck that had a canoe in the truck-bed, according to Inside Edition.
Once the water was too deep to drive any longer, Kimmel hopped in the canoe and paddled his way over to the hospital until he was able to stand and walk the rest of the way.
By the time he finally arrived at the hospital, Kimmel was drenched in water from head to toe, but he immediately changed into a pair of scrubs to get to work on making sure Terrazas’ organs didn’t suffer any permanent damage.
Fortunately for the teen, Dr. Kimmel arrived just in the nick of time to save his life.
“Sometimes you have to do whatever it takes. This young man’s life would have been changed for the worse forever if we hadn’t been able to perform surgery when we did. In the end, it all turned out very well,” Kimmel said.
Jacob’s mother, Yesenia Terrazas, and sister, Brianna, also had serious troubles getting to the hospital on time, but the Webster Fire Department finally managed to get an ambulance to take them.
“We are so happy to be here,” Jacob’s mother said after they arrived at the hospital. “Jacob was in such pain and was shaking and hardly able to talk when we got here, but everyone here is so helpful. This has been a long night, but this place is wonderful.”
Since news of Dr. Kimmel’s brave actions broke, people from all over the country have been praising him on Facebook.
“We truely need more doctors like him. God bless him and others that helped,” one commenter wrote.
“Going above and beyond. Love these kinds of stories, folks helping wherever they can. Kudos to them,” another added.