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Doctor in Marsh Harbour treating many Abaco patients for PTSD after Hurricane Dorian

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Five months after the category five storm, one of the most popular doctors on the island says he is often treating patients who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, including himself. (WPEC)

When it comes to the damage left behind by Hurricane Dorian, Marsh Harbour arguably took the hardest hit on all of the Abaco Islands. Five months after the category five storm, one of the most popular doctors on the island says he is often treating patients who are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, including himself.

If you take a drive around Marsh Harbour, you'll notice it looks much like it did in the days after Hurricane Dorian made landfall. Doctor George Charity knows he has to be patient with the progress.

"We're moving," he said. "We're getting there. It's just taking some time."

Dr. Charity lost his old clinic office to the storm. He's now leasing a new building for the next two years.

"In Abaco. I average about 14 to 20 patients a day," he said. Patients, he says are coping with PTSD after the storm. Even Dr. Charity has a hard time talking about what he went through.

He recalls riding out the storm on a freezer door locked outside of his clinic.

"I spent the entire storm, up outside there on the second floor," he said. "All the elements, all the breeze, all the debris, you see trailers going by, boats going by, and the entire Marsh Harbour was underwater and I was looking at it."

Like many we've spoken to in Marsh Harbour after the storm, Dr. Charity has no idea how he survived.

"I was prepared to die," he said. "Death was there. I knew it was gonna happen. It got to be a point where there was no feeling. I was just waiting for things to happen."

He says work keeps him distracted, though some days, the memories become too much.

"When those days happen, I pray," he said. "I meditate. I count my blessings."


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