Dr. Mac Baxter Provides Healing after Haiti Earthquake Disaster
Malcom E. Baxter, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with Premier’s Harding Place and StoneCrest Care Centers, participated in a mission trip to Haiti in the aftermath of its recent earthquake disaster, providing urgently needed orthopaedic care for its victims. Dr. Baxter and his surgical assistant, Rick Hayes, flew to Jacmel, Haiti on January 20, 2010, nine days after the devastaing earthquake.
The photo below shows Dr. Baxter with the founder of the Jacmel clinic, Dr. Brinson McGowan of Florida.
Dr. Baxter’s church, Fellowship Bible Church, helps sponsor an orphanage in Jacmel, on the southernmost part of the island about 40 miles from Port-au-Prince. Like many other smaller cities, Jacmel was not getting much needed aid and sent out a plea for help. With assistance from the Brentwood-based Hope Force International, a disaster-relief agency, Dr. Baxter’s church raised funds and collected supplies for the relief mission. Southern Hills Medical Center donated orthopaedic surgical supplies and medicine.
Procuring a ride donated by a private pilot in Florida, Dr. Baxter arrived in Jacmel only to experience a severe aftershock and to discover that he was the only orthopaedic surgeon in the area.
Performing 35 procedures and treating about 100 additional patients over a six-day period, Dr. Baxter’s work included first aid, casting, inserting external fixators for tibia fractures, and performing three amputations – one saving the life of an 11-year old girl.
Dr. Baxter was struck by the gratitude of Haitian victims who endured their tragedy with remarkable patience and strength, many surviving many days with terrible injuries, yet were uncomplaining.
Working long days in a small clinic in Jacmel and a nearby village, Dr. Baxter was finally relieved after his six-day stay by three orthpaedic surgeons who continued the care he had initiated.
Dr. Baxter has previously participated in mission trips to Romania, Kenya, South Africa, Peru, the Ukraine, and Haiti. While his work on these trips improved lives, his recent trip to Haiti saved lives.