Mar 31, 2020

Five Surgical Missions Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Dr. Coleman with Patient_January 2020
Dr. Coleman with Patient_January 2020

When Guatemala halted all flights from the United States and Canada, Partner for Surgery had to suspend surgical missions for the foreseeable future. In order to ensure the health and well being of the children and families who were waiting for their surgeries, Partner for Surgery's health promoters and staff have stepped up to make sure the children in the Infant Nutrition Program remain healthy as they wait. More than 150 children are depending on your support. Please continue your donations.

Fast Fact: To date in 2020, two rural medical mission teams have identified 471 patients needing surgery and four surgical teams have carried out 219 procedures. 

Partner for Surgery: What a Difference Four Volunteers Can Make in the Lives of 285 Individuals: At the core of Partner for Surgery's efforts are the rural medical missions and our local Health Promoters. During the last week of January, four medical volunteers -- Dr. Neal Shealy, Dr. Lawrence "Buddy" Coleman, and nurses Sharon Shealy and Dianne Perry -- recommended a record 285 patients for surgery. The Shealys and Dr. Coleman, all from South Carolina, have volunteered with PfS for over 15 years and this year were joined by Ms. Peggy, from Victoria, Canada. 

Your donations are greatly appreciated to help us to continue to support those in Guatemala who depend on us. 

For photos and news, please visit our website www.partnerforsurgery.org, "Like" us on Facebook (facebook.com/partnerforsurgery/) and on Instagram at @pfsguatemala.

Thank you!

Mar 31, 2020

Five Surgical Missions Cancelled Due to COVID-19

Dianne with Patients_January 2020
Dianne with Patients_January 2020

When Guatemala halted all flights from the United States and Canada, Partner for Surgery had to suspend surgical missions for the foreseeable future. In order to ensure the health and well being of the children and families who were waiting for their surgeries, Partner for Surgery's health promoters and staff have stepped up to make sure the children in the Infant Nutrition Program remain healthy as they wait. More than 150 children are depending on your support. Please continue your donations.

Fast Fact: To date in 2020, two rural medical mission teams have identified 471 patients needing surgery and four surgical teams have carried out 219 procedures. 

Partner for Surgery: What a Difference Four Volunteers Can Make in the Lives of 285 Individuals: At the core of Partner for Surgery's efforts are the rural medical missions and our local Health Promoters. During the last week of January, four medical volunteers -- Dr. Neal Shealy, Dr. Lawrence "Buddy" Coleman, and nurses Sharon Shealy and Dianne Perry -- recommended a record 285 patients for surgery. The Shealys and Dr. Coleman, all from South Carolina, have volunteered with PfS for over 15 years and this year were joined by Ms. Peggy, from Victoria, Canada. 

Your donations are greatly appreciated to help us to continue to support those in Guatemala who depend on us. 

For photos and news, please visit our website www.partnerforsurgery.org, "Like" us on Facebook (facebook.com/partnerforsurgery/) and on Instagram at @pfsguatemala.

Thank you!

Dec 2, 2019

Health Promoters: PfS Link to the Community

Health Promoter, Child and Mother
Health Promoter, Child and Mother

In order to identify babies born with cleft lip and palate and quickly provide nutritional support to the baby and education for the family, Partner for Surgery (PfS) has a network of Health Promoters who are actively engaged in the various rural communities we serve in Guatemala.

Health Promoters help publicize triage and surgical missions and locate patients in need of life changing surgery. 

They monitor babies in the Cleft Infant Nutrition Program as well as escort patients to the hospital and stay with them until they are ready to go home.

If problems develop, patients know they can count on Health Promoters for reassurance and assistance.

The example of Damien and Zoila

 Abelina was bringing her newborn son Damien home from hospital on a bus when the driver noticed she was distraught. The driver saw that Damien had a cleft lip and palate and contacted Zoila, the local PfS Health Promoter.

Zoila hurried to Abelina's home and found the father angrily rejecting his son and telling Abelina "Stop feeding him and let him die!"

Zoila convinced both parents to enroll Damien in PfS's in-home Cleft Infant Nutrition Program and through her frequent visits, Damien's health was maintained. 

Zoila then arranged for Abelina and Damien to attend PfS's September rural triage mission -- where he was seen by Dr. Lawrence Coleman, a pediatrician from South Carolina and a Board Member of PfS. Dr. Coleman confirmed that Damien was healthy enough for surgery and, with Zoila's assistance, Damien was seen by the Smiles for Guatemala surgical team in November. He received his cleft repair on November 6th and will remain in the Nutrition program until next year, when he will return for cleft palate surgery. 

Damien is now six months old and an accepted member of his family. 

Your donations make it possible for us to restore dignity and health to people like Demian. Thank you for supporting our work! 

 
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