HEALTH ISSUE 09 HEALTH ISSUE 09 MIRACLES THROUGH MEDICINE IN HAITI by Theresa Campbell photos submitted by Tim Hawkins “People come from hundreds of miles away when they hear we are coming. We are the miracle,” said Tim Hawkins, who donates his skills as a trained surgical physician’s assistant in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where medical care often is unavailable. He travels to Haiti about four times a year with a team of 25 other health professionals to work in Croix de Bouquets, a community about 25 miles from the Haitian capital of Port-auPrince. Tim’s last trip was in September. He’ll be going back Jan. 22-25, accompanied by colleagues from Central Florida Health Alliance, which serves The Villages Regional Hospital and Leesburg Regional Medical Center. From his ﬁfth-ﬂoor ofﬁce at The Villages Regional Hospital, where he works as senior vice president of clinical services for the Alliance, Tim recalled when he began going to Haiti in 2005. “You’re doing something for somebody else who would have never gotten the help without us going there,” he said. “We’re saving lives and the people are so grateful.” Tim Hawkins holds a young Haitian who received a bilateral hernia repair. JANUARY 2009 Hundreds of Haitians anxiously wait hours outside the front door of a medical facility every time they hear a volunteer surgical team from the United States is on its way to provide free medical services.
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