Prince Edward Island man says hes no hero, just a guy who did what was necessary

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Prince Edward Islander Dr. Ajay Sahajpal compares his response three years ago as a bystander to a bloody gang shooting to that of his recent action as a surgeon dealing with a woman feared to have terminal cancer.
"I just did what I thought I should do," said Sahajpal, a transplant surgeon at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee.
He made headlines in both cases by acting quickly on instinct and training.
The first incident left no time to prepare. Sahajpal, a UPEI graduate who went on to receive a variety of medical training, was eating pizza in downtown Toronto on Boxing Day in 2005 when a gunfight broke out on Yonge Street.
The street was crowded with shoppers at the time and when the shooting stopped, Sahajpal said he ran outside to tend to the victims.
He quickly tended to shooting victim Jane Creba, a 15-year-old innocent bystander, who had a faint heartbeat and a weak pulse. He treated her on the spot then followed Creba to the emergency room to help in the operation room, but Creba didn't survive her injuries.
Sahajpal, the son of T.R. and Chandar Sahahpal of Charlottetown, says he has been taken aback by all the media attention he received after the incident. That intense focus returned last month when he took the stand as a witness at Creba's murder trial. As he left the courtroom, media converged on Sahajpal seemingly eager to praise him for his action on that bloody Boxing Day three years ago.
"I don't really think of myself as a hero...the bottom line is she died," he told The Guardian in an interview Thursday.
"They (reporters) basically swarmed me as I walked out of the courtroom...they wanted to paint me as a hero...and I declined that."
Media has once again sought out Sahajpal to sing his praises.
A local television station in Milwaukee recently ran a story that credits the doctor with making a potentially life saving catch on a patient.
Sahajpal found a way to help Sandra Arndt, a woman that had already been told by several specialists that there was no way to bring her four-year fight with liver cancer to a successful outcome.
Sahajpal, though, noticed that Arndt had a rare, slow-growing neuroendocrine tumour. He felt a liver transplant, while aggressive, would work.
It did. In a six hour surgery, doctors removed the woman's cancer-ravaged liver. It's a rare procedure that not many hospitals attempt, potentially changing liver cancer diagnosis from terminal to hopeful.
"She's doing great, actually," said Sahajpal.
"She is very happy. She is very thankful. I think initially she was very shocked."
The doctor says the likelihood of Arndt's cancer returning is very low.
Now he plans to get back to work out of the media glare.
However, he expects the cameras to be clicking again if and when he returns to Toronto as a witness in possibly two more trials connected to the gang shooting.
"I'm sure it is going to be the same thing again," he said of coming under the media spotlight.

Organizations: St. Luke's Medical Center, The Guardian

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Milwaukee, Toronto Yonge Street Charlottetown

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