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Dr. Patricia Wolff closing practice to focus on her other passion

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  • St. Louis (KSDK) - A local pediatrician is closing her practice to focus full-time on her other passion -- Haiti.

    Dr. Patricia Wolff is telling her long time patients that she only has six more days in her St. Louis office.

    For the past eight years she has split time between her practice and a foundation she started in Northern Haiti. Meds and Food for Kids uses the peanuts and labor of locals to make a highly enriched peanut butter for malnourished children.

    NewsChannel Five's Casey Nolen visited the factory shortly after the earthquake in 2010. And since that time the operation has grown to the point that Dr. Wolff says she can no longer be a part-time director -- a tough decision to make, says Wolff and tough to hear for patients and parents.

    "She's basically held my hand with a lot of issues I've had with him," says Shirley Coleman-Johnson. Dr. Wolff is the only doctor her son has ever known. "She was even advising me when he was three years old and helping me with his education," says Coleman-Johnson.

    "I think that when you have more than what you need, which is what I have," says Dr. Wolff, "you should share some of that and try to in a little tiny way address some of those inequities [in Haiti]."

    A lot of what Dr. Wolff will be doing when she is here in the U.S. will be fund raising. MFK is trying to raise three million dollars to move their operation out of a house and in to a full size factory.

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