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Mrs. Maria Elena received surgery for a 30 cm tumor in her Uterus. We first met her in August during a Rural Medical Mission in Alta Verapaz. Back then, she told us she had been in a lot of pain and felt extremely sad to think she had no reason to hope for relief since her husband had passed away and left her alone to care for six young children. That meant that any small income she could make was strictly for them. Her two eldest, 18 and 20 years old, had to go to work for a small farm and leave school since, but their income is minimal as they are laborers who earn their income on a day-by-day basis. But together, they made a great effort to save up some money to help their mom make the trip to Guatemala City for her surgery. They knew it was the best way to ensure she would receive the care she needed to heal. There is no way that, under their circumstances, they would've been able to afford surgery for Mrs. Maria Elena in a private hospital.
Many patients like Mrs. Maria Elena travel as far as 15 hours. And for many, the trip is half the adventure. Mrs. Maria Elena does not speak Spanish. She can only understand Q'eqchí, her local Mayan language. Many, like Maria Elena, have never left their small villages and home. So trust is a significant factor for her also to be able to receive the help she needs. Reaching them involves more than just traveling from point A to point B. The success of our programs is due to the groundwork done by our health promotors. They are vital in developing partnerships with local government bodies and community leaders to strategically reach patients in their communities and languages. With these partnerships in place, we can strategically locate areas of greatest need and travel to them to bring our mobile medical mission.With your help today, we can continue to do this life-changing work for the patients who are farthest and most forgotten in Guatemala.