88-year-old doctor fights to keep medical license - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

88-year-old doctor fights to keep medical license

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EDWARDS, MS (WLBT) - His office is a parking lot. His exam room is a car. 

88-year-old Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum is being asked to surrender his medical license on Thursday. However, this general physician says he's not giving up, no matter the circumstances, because his patients need him.

"He's saved a lot of people, you know what I'm saying," says Cornelius Moriley.

Karen Holt says, "I love that he's here. He may not cure cancer, but he's cured a lot of people of basic things."

Many Edwards residents are supporting the doctor who has an active medical license, according to the State Board of Medical Licensure.

Holt says, "There's a lot of poverty in Edwards. There are many, many people here who do not have transportation to Vicksburg, Clinton, Jackson and he truly serves a purpose. And there are people who come to him who would not get medical treatment otherwise."

After receiving his medical degree from Tulane University, Dr. Landrum has been seeing and curing patients in Edwards since 1959. He practiced out of this apartment makeshift office for nearly 20 years when he was forced out two years ago.

Landrum says, "It became infested with drugs and the problem was so great that I had to get out. They were chasing each other with guns. There was absolutely no place to go. My patients kept saying, don't leave, don't leave. I started working out of my automobile."

While his situation isn't ideal, his fear is greater. 

The State Board of Medical Licensure is asking the doctor to surrender his medical license Thursday, but the community is hoping these petitions can keep Dr. Landrum a practicing physician.

 Moriley says, "I think he should be left alone and steadily serve the people."

The State Board of Medical Licensure says an investigation is underway, however the information is confidential until formal action is taken.

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