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Renewed Hope for Jacinto and PFS

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It is easy to picture Mrs. Elma Brito’s morning on any day. She is as careful and quiet as possible as she rises. She wants her little boy, Jacinto, to sleep a little longer while she prepares breakfast for him and his two sisters.

This is the type of morning most mothers could find familiar. Except, Elma lives in La Pista, a rural village in Quiché, Guatemala. She wants her boy to sleep a little longer because he cannot rest the night peacefully. He has a small lump on his face that grows and becomes more painful daily. Elma’s husband tends a small batch of crops near their home, and the family of five’s income is less than US$5.50 per day.

In their quest to help Jacinto, a local medical clinic in the nearest town requested Q8,000 (close to $1,000) to perform a surgery to remove the lump that would stop his pain. This sum seems impossible, as it might mean choosing between surgery for Jacinto or feeding the family. They were forced to wait until Miguel, a Partner for Surgery (PFS) Health Promotor, provided all the details that brought them to the PFS rural medical mission on May 17th.


Elma could barely hold her tears back while Dr. Michelle examined her boy and told her Jacinto was  one of the 57 patients our medical volunteers were able to match for surgery that day.

He is scheduled for surgery with one of our medical teams this coming October.

There is joy in every rural mission when we meet people like Jacinto and his mother. However, this time, our volunteers, staff, and health promoters were incredibly excited, knowing that it had been 805 days since the last time we were in Quiché due to the pandemic. A renewed hope is knowing we could return and meet all the new friends waiting for us in Quiché.

In Loving Memory of Linda Peterson

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On July 3rd, Linda Peterson, one of Partner for Surgery’s founding members and most passionate volunteers, passed away following a sudden illness. She died peacefully, surrounded by her family.

Although we will miss her dearly and always, the sadness is no match for the loving, happy memories she has left behind.

Without Linda, there would be no Partner for Surgery. Not only did she encourage her husband, Frank to take early retirement to start Partner for Surgery, but she was instrumental in launching the organization and has been one its most active and effective volunteers over the last 20 years. Whatever it took, from triage on medical missions to fundraising to writing newsletters, she was there to make sure the work continued. Because of her, over 16,000 of Guatemala’s most impoverished people have received life-changing surgery through Partner for Surgery.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life Service for Linda on Saturday, July 24th, at 11am EDT.  The service will be held at the Redeemer Lutheran Church at 1545 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101. If you would like to attend virtually, please use the following link:

Linda dedicated a large part of the last 20 years of her life to Partner for Surgery.  In lieu of flowers, if you would like to make a donation to Partner for Surgery in her memory, please go to:

On behalf of Linda, thank you all for supporting Partner for Surgery’s mission.