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Brentwood doctor moving to Haiti to open hospital

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee doctor who has spent his entire career helping women look and feel better is trading in his Brentwood lifestyle to move to a country without electricity, running water or a sewage system.

Dr. David Vanderpool opened Lave MD, which is a combination between a health spa and a medical office, catering to people who want anything from Botox to laser treatments.

Now, Vanderpool has big plans for his own future.

"We're selling our house - everything we have and don't need in Haiti - and moving our base of operations to Haiti," Vanderpool said.

The move is something he and his wife have been planning since they met in junior high school more than 30 years ago.

"That was our dream, so all throughout our life, this is what we've talked about," Vanderpool said.

They have purchased 63 acres on which they plan to build an orphanage, hospital and school - services they hope would pump life into a nation with almost nothing.

"We want to go over and try to make life a little better in the name of Jesus, because we're a Christian organization. We want to make life a little better for people who just have it so bad," Vanderpool said.

The Vanderpools will live in one room with no air conditioning in a country where the heat index is regularly above 100 degrees. The doctor said even some of their own friends don't understand.

"Most of them say we're crazy, but, you know, the thing is to make a difference you've really got to go big. And that's what it takes. I mean, you can't do this over Skype. You've got to go," Vanderpool said.

Unlike the many mission trips the couple has done in the past, when they leave Nashville this time, it's for good.

"I've been blessed with surgical skills. I've gone to the best schools - why do we need to contain that in the United States? The Haitians need that much, much more than we do," Vanderpool said.

Vanderpool has established a nonprofit organization for those who would like to help, called Live Beyond. For more information, visit http://www.livebeyond.org/.

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