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4/23/04 - Near Lindale

Volunteer's "Mission": Changing Lives

A smile may be worth a thousands words but a doctors time and care can be worth a world of change.

The day for Dr. Arthur Morchat began at 7 a.m. and he's worked around the clock to improve his patient's lives. He's been a part of the Texas Mission of Mercy since it began three years ago.

"It's been a blessing," he says. "I look forward to coming back every year when the opportunity arises."

Thousands show up and every year volunteers are forced to turn thousands away. Dr. Morchat recognizes that there's far more need than there is available treatment.

"There's a lot that we can't do that they need. I mean we cannot deal with it in just two days, but we can do something about it and that's what we are trying to do here."

So many patients in such a short period of time would normally be exhausting, but the doctor says his patients' reaction makes the long days easier.

"Even the slightest improvement, their just so happy. I had a lady last year, prayed over me as I was treating her son. I mean you talk about a moving experience. It almost brought us all to tears."

The patients will walk away with a new physical appearance but Dr. Morchat and many volunteers hope they walk away with a new outlook on the medical community.

"I hope that when they leave here they go 'You know, all doctors aren't bad.'"

Story by Maya Golden, mgolden@kltv.com

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