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Ana Lucrecia’s Story

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Ana Lucrecia, born with a cleft lip and palate, was 6 months old in May. She is the fifth child of a day laborer earning two dollars a day to support his entire family, which lives outside the village of Chisec in a rented house that does not have electricity or water. Ana’s two older brothers attend school, which further stretches the family’s finances. They are the kind of typical rural family we at Partner for Surgery assist with surgical care. Read More

Catalina’s Story

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Catalina Ixcopal, shown with mission nurses Arabelle Reed and Gillian Manchip

Catalina Ixcopal, center, with PfS mission nurses Arabelle Reed and Gillian Manchip

 

Catalina Ixcopal is a Partner for Surgery patient whose efforts to get medical care are, unfortunately, typical of the 1,000 individuals we will serve in 2019. Eight years ago, Ixcopal noticed a mass growing on her shoulder. After two more years, it was creating significant discomfort. She worried it was malignant. Catalina went to the National Hospital and was told they could not help her. Read More

Fulfilling an unmet need

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Sharon Shealy (pictured on the right) is a long-time PfS volunteer who accompanied a recent mobile medical mission. While there, she met with a woman named Aurora who had been seen by a government screening program and was told the hospital was not performing the procedure.

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Jacinto Sanchez

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Jacinto was born with a severe cleft lip and palate in the rural Guatemala area of Nebaj, Quiche. His parents, Jose and Maria, agonized over his care and the future that surely awaited a child with his deformity.

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Angel Martinez

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Oscar Martinez was thrilled when he discovered, two years ago, that he was going to become a father. When Angel was born, however, sadness hit him when he saw that, just like him, his son had cleft lip and cleft palate.

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