Former Vandy star to lead Haitian medical mission trip

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A former Vanderbilt basketball star plans to lead a medical mission trip to the Haitian town where the orphanage supported by his Middle Tennessee church was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew.

“It was a very easy decision,” said Dr. Jeff Fosnes who starred for Vandy in the mid-1970s before he became a family practitioner in Hickman and then Robertson County. “It’s a very special thing. I got involved three years ago.”

Since then, through his church Mt. Carmel Baptist in Cross Plains, Tennessee, Dr Fosnes has made two medical trips to the orphanage in Jeremie, Haiti supported by his congregation.

(Courtesy: Dr. Jeff Fosnes)
(Courtesy: Dr. Jeff Fosnes)

Now, he has been asked by Mt. Carmel’s mission team to lead a third trip to help the hurricane-stricken orphanage where miraculously none of the 56 kids supported by the church were hurt.

“Professionally, this is the most rewarding thing I have done,” Fosnes told News 2 from the mission office at Mt. Carmel Baptist. “It’s the right thing to do when you have been called to serve.”

Fosnes, and Mt. Carmel’s mission director Mary Phil Illges, are planning to put together a team of other medical professionals to leave in two weeks for the Haitian town.

The team knows it may be treating others nearby who may have been hurt in the hurricane.