(CNN) - Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a heart and lung surgeon, departed for Haiti on Monday as part of a medical mission to provide relief to the battered Carribean nation.
"I left this morning out of Southern Florida, prepared for disaster conditions and with as many medical supplies as I was allowed to carry," Frist said in an e-mail to supporters Monday. He said he will be blogging and posting photos from the country throughout his trip.
Frist said he is soliciting donations and medical supplies for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund, a group he founded to assist victims of last week's earthquake. Frist is traveling to Port-au-Prince with Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization.
Chris Walker, a spokesman for the former Tennessee senator, said in an e-mail that Frist will be in Haiti for "as long as needed."
Frist has also undertaken several medical missions to Darfur, the war-torn region of western Sudan.
Stay there Bill. You helped DUBYA run the US into the ground. We don't want or need you here!
Democrats are sick! They will criticize even a man for trying to help save lives because he is a Republican. You idiot democrats that belong to the socialist communist democratic party should go to hell and leave the foundations of our country the way it was founded, and meanwhile stop criticizing a surgeon who is going to the middle of the disaster to offer his skilled hands!