East Tennessee cardiologist plans relief trip to Haiti

East Tennessee cardiologist plans relief trip to Haiti

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Dr. Clint Doiron says he loves missionary work and believes God has called him to help the poorest of the poor. Dr. Clint Doiron says he loves missionary work and believes God has called him to help the poorest of the poor.
Next week's trip to Haiti was planned in advance, with the goal of helping a little girl with a tumor in her mouth. Next week's trip to Haiti was planned in advance, with the goal of helping a little girl with a tumor in her mouth.

By HARLOW SUMERFORD
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A Knoxville doctor and his group will soon return to Haiti to provide aid, something he's been doing for 10 years.

Dr. Clint Doiron, a cardiologist with East Tennessee Heart Consultants, plans to leave St. Mary's Hospital next Wednesday.

He says he loves missionary work and believes God has called him to help the poorest of the poor.

Dr. Doiron travels to Haiti four times a year and helped build a 16 room hospital on the border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

"That hospital was built in the middle of a refugee camp after a massive flood that happened about two years ago and killed 2,000 people in the town of Jimani. That is the reason we go," Dr. Doiron says.

Next week's trip to Haiti was planned in advance, with the goal of helping a little girl with a tumor in her mouth. Without surgery, Dr. Doiron says she'll die of suffocation.

He hopes she survived the earthquake.

"We don't know. We don't know what the story is with her because she was among the poorest of the poor anyway. We are hopeful we can find her," Dr. Doiron says.

Due to this week's earthquake, the mission is now a relief effort. Their hospital is located 25 miles from the epicenter and it's flooded with refugees.

"It was overwhelming before this happened. I really think one at a time. I see the power, the transformation of one life at a time. You can't cure everybody. You can't do everything, but you can do your little spot, your little thing," Dr. Doiron says.

Ten years ago, Dr. Doiron and a group 15 doctors and volunteers started taking annual trips to Haiti.

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