Storm Harvey: Hero doctor travels by canoe through mile of floodwater to perform emergency surgery

Storm Harvey: Doctor travels by canoe and wades through mile of floodwater to perform emergency surgery

Flooding has caused chaos in Houston

Thursday, August 31, 2017

A heroic doctor used a canoe to travel through Storm Harvey floodwaters to a hospital to perform emergency surgery on a teenager, despite his own home flooding at the time.

Doctor Stephen Kimmel also had to walk through a mile of waist-high water on his journey through Houston, according to CNN.

Sixteen-year-old Jacob Terrazas could have been damaged permanently if he wasn't operated on immediately, so when Dr Kimmel heard of his plight he quickly left his home on Saturday (August 26).

He told CNN's Erin Burnett Out Front that he firstly tried to get to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in his car but turned back due to flooding.

The hospital then asked the voluntary fire department to help him get through the chaos.

Kimmel explained that he travelled by canoe, then a fire department pick-up truck and then another canoe, before squelching through the waist-height water.

Usually his journey to the hospital takes around 10 to 15 minutes but this time it took him roughly an hour.

Kimmel said: "Somebody had to take care of this young man, and so I thought, well if I can do it, I certainly should. He was on the way to our institution and I'm glad I was able to make it."

Jacob also said that this journey had been quite treacherous as the paramedic vehicle was forced to stop due to the flooding.

He then had to travel in another two trucks to complete the journey, after spending part of it at the side of a road getting soaked.

The doctor also explained that his family were evacuated from his home by the Coast Guard but thankfully the property has not been permanently damaged.