HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) – From heartburn drugs to insulin, medical students at Marshall University and Marshall Health physicians from Huntington, West Virginia, came ready Saturday to help the people of Knott County.
“There are so many people from Marshall who come from this area, so as soon as it happened, we thought, we should go. We need to be there,” said Mindy Sharon, a medical student at Marshall University.
In partnership with ARH and Mountain Health Network, those with Marshall Health have set up a free mobile health clinic in the Hindman and Carrie communities.
“People need vaccines and sutures and have a lot of different medical needs and it’s great that so many people could come together to put insulin together, all these expensive products that were lost and that people have had to miss,” said Zachary Davis, in Hindman born and resident physician at Marshall Family Medicine.
In addition to helping people physically, people with Marshall Health also wanted to provide mental health services.
“Even if we don’t do anything for them from a medication point of view, just being here to have someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, whatever you need, I think, especially in the coming weeks, that will be something that a lot of people see will be needed.”
And for Davis, being able to help his community in this way is what makes this mission even more special.
“It feels great to be able to meet the medical need because that’s why I went to medical school, why I did a residency, to come and help the people in my hometown,” Davis said. “These are the people I love.”
Those with Marshall Health said they plan to come back to the region to continue serving those in need in the coming weeks and months.
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