It’s no surprise that Dr. Coburn Allen has spent a good chunk of his life bringing medical care to people in underserved corners of the world. He says he has known he wanted to be a pediatrician since he was 5, and he inherited a sense of wanderlust from his mother, who served in the Peace Corps outside Mexico City.
He said he volunteered his services after the horrific earthquake in Haiti in early 2010, partly because he was doing research on how to rehydrate people “in a mass casualty situation,” but wasn’t selected. Now he has embarked on a more extended mission: He’s medical director at a new clinic in the Haitian village of Neply, where medical care is all but nonexistent.
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