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Congressman speaks out about situation with Edwards doctor

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
EDWARDS, MS (WLBT) - Doctor visits continue inside a Toyota Camry in Edwards. Tonight, a Mississippi congressman is speaking out about an 88-year-old physician who wants to keep his roots planted in the town where he's practiced medicine for decades. 

Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum finally received a response from the medical board after telling them that he is not surrendering his medical license.

He says, "I spent years and years earning it and it's been a great benefit to humanity as I see it and to me."

The State Board of Medical Licensure called Dr. Landrum back telling him he would receive some type of document in the mail on Monday, but did not indicate what those documents would be. 

He says the state also did not indicate if and when he would appear before the board to go forward with the matter.

Dr. Landrum says, "It's my only means of support and I have a family to think about."

WLBT talked to Congressman Bennie Thompson who represents the second district in which Edwards is seated in. 

He says, "Edwards is no different from any other medically under-served community in Mississippi. Instances like this demonstrate the importance of the Affordable Care Act to under-served communities." 

Meanwhile, petitions continue to be signed in Edwards, as residents push to keep the doctor who has been practicing for more than 50 years.

Congressman Thompson also says, "Mississippi's refusal to expand Medicaid hurts under-served communities like Edwards, by turning away over 500 million dollars the state could utilize to address disparities in our healthcare system."

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