Bless Back Worldwide Trip to Haiti
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Carmen Icard Teague, MD, is originally from Hudson, NC. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill on the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship. Prior to her medical career, she completed a Masters Degree in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and worked in Alzheimer’s disease research at Duke University. Dr. Teague then attended UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine and completed her residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Internal Medicine. She joined Mecklenburg Medical Group-Uptown in June of 2004. Her professional interests include women’s health, diabetes management and promoting psychological, spiritual and emotional health. When she is not caring for patients at MMG, she serves as the Director of Internal Medicine for Carolinas HealthCare System Medical Group and teaches medical students as an Associate Professor of Medicine for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine.
Dr. Teague will tell you, however, that her real job is full-time Mom. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have four beautiful children, Trilla Belle, Tattie Anne, Titus and Tyre. The girls came by birth; the boys came by plane. All four came from God’s grace to her family! She is an avid water-skier, triathlete, and Crossfit fanatic. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering at her children’s school, teaching character education. She is involved at her church as a small group leader and in the community leading medical mission teams. She enjoys sharing her story with professional and faith-based organizations throughout the Charlotte area.
Dr. Teague with two children in a remote Haiti village, where the children were persuaded to eat deworming treatment in exchange for granola bars.
“It changes your perspective,” said Dr. Teague of her experience in Haiti. “There, it’s just patient care, very stripped down. You’re making ripples, making a lasting impact and helping the people make changes to help themselves. It reminds me why I’m a doctor and why I do what I do.”
“We saw things you just don’t encounter here in the U.S.,” said Dr. Teague. “I saw an eight-to-ten-week-old baby who was deaf and blind and the mother didn’t even know it.”
A young girl in a remote Haiti village clutches her granola bar “bribe” (given in exchange for taking deworming medication) to keep baby chicks from stealing it.
"Looking in the eyes of these patients, you see real hope. . . the kind grounded in a belief in a God who sees their circumstances and loves them through the desperation and depravity. Life will get better."
Carmen Teague, MD, consults with an elderly patient in Haiti, who walked several hours to the clinic with symptoms of acid reflux. “When asked if it was worse when she ate, she laughed and said she does not eat very often,” said Dr. Teague. “We were able to give her a supply of rice and a pair of donated Teva® sandals. She was so proud!”