Lindsey Chisholm is being called a superhero after she made an 8-mile hike through a blizzard so she could operate on a patient with colon cancer.

Scotland had been in the middle of red alert weather conditions as mountains of snow brought the country to a standstill earlier this month. Chisholm, who lives in Anniesland, realized that she could not use her car to get to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley for the surgery scheduled the next day.

In addition to being a consultant surgeon, however, Chisholm is also an avid winter hiker. So with snow poles in hand, Chisholm woke up early the next morning, donned her winter gear, and walked for three hours through the snow.

Meanwhile, Chisholm’s patient Iain McAndrew was already resigned to thinking that his surgery was not going to happen. Throughout the day, he overheard nurses who had made it through the snow talking about how other hospital staff members were calling out of work and staying home for the winter storm.

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Then, to McAndrew’s shock, Chisholm arrived.

“I couldn’t believe she’d walked nearly eight miles to do surgery on me,” McAndrew told BBC. “When she walked in my heart took a wee jump. I thought it was amazing. If there is a real-life superwoman she is it.”

“I didn’t think it was big deal,” Chisholm told BBC. “I had the right equipment, I knew there was no avalanche risk, I was not going to get lost, there were places I could stop on the way if the weather did become absolutely terrible so I just didn’t think anything of it.”

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