BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A global adventurer and he was not seeing patients in a small town in Alabama, Dr. Roland Yearwood recently left his rural home to face the same challenge that would have killed him two years ago: the Scaling of Mount Everest.
This time, Everest won.
Yearwood, a 50-year-old physician who practiced medicine in Georgiana, Alabama, died near the summit of the world’s highest peak on Sunday, one of the four people who Nepalese tourism officials said were killed on the mountain in the weekend.
The circumstances of Yearwood the death was not immediately released.
The doctor died two years after he survived a devastating earthquake, while he and dozens more were an attempt to climb the mountain. Eighteen people were killed, although everyone in Yearwood, the group was safe.
Yearwood is left behind after 2015 the earthquake to help provide medical care for the people in the region, according to Patti Cook, the manager of Georgiana Medical Center, where he worked.
“Dr. Yearwood was a selfless, strong doctor respected by all his colleagues. He was known as the ‘trauma ‘ doc’ due to his ability to remain calm and level-headed during emergencies, while extending his trust to the employees,” Cook said in a statement.
The father of two daughters was in the process of climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, and Everest was the challenge of this spring, according to a biography on the website of Georgiana Medical Center. He also loved to fly, scuba diving, and boating.
“We are very blessed to have him as a part of our medical center,” said Cook.
Yearwood was a doctor and saw patients in a rural clinic, ” she said.
Court records show Yearwood died, about a month after a judge signed an order terminating his marriage with Amrita Yearwood, who is also a doctor in the south of Alabama. In 2015, Amrita Yearwood described the agonizing wait for word of her husband fate after an earthquake shook Everest while he and dozens of other people were attempting to climb the mountain.
“He is always calm,” Amrita Yearwood told al.com at the time. “He does a lot of sport. He is adventurous. He does not get hysterical.”
Yearwood moved to Georgiana — best known as the birthplace of country music legend Hank Williams — about two decades ago, after the completion of his medical training in London and New York, according to his biography.
He once saved a baby who nearly drowned and delivered a child that was born prematurely three months, Cook’s statement said. Yearwood made visiting and personal transport of patients as needed, ” she said.
In a Facebook message expressing condolences to Yearwood the family Montgomery attorney Brandon Sellers posted on his law firm site that the doctor was “truly an asset” to the community.
“His patients loved him, and he was also just a really cool guy,” Sellers wrote. “He was passionate about life and his work, and this led him back to the ascent of the mountain almost killed him, and slew many others two years ago.”