A Latter-day Saint missionary serving in the Colombia Cali Mission was stabbed during a robbery and is in serious, but stable condition.
Elder Maxwell Fish, a 19-year-old from San Antonio Texas, was walking in the streets of Popayan last week when he and his companion were attacked. Elder Fish was stabbed in the collar bone and an artery was nicked. His companion carried him to a member’s house where he was transported to a hospital. Elder Fish was placed into an induced coma and began undergoing surgery in Popyan as his parents rushed to his side. According to Elder Fish’s mother, Nichole Fish, the most recent surgery was a miraculous success; needed veins were repaired, the restored blood flow prevent amputation of his arm, and his collarbone was replaced.
“Only God could have done what he has done,” she wrote online. “I felt God’s hand every moment. His peace, his grace, his strength. I have to sing his praises and be grateful for his loving care.”
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Elder Fish’s father Elbert also shared his thoughts, “God is Good! Prayers work and I have seen literal miracles play out in front of me for 2 straight days! Thank you all who have offered up prayers on behalf of Maxwell! We love and appreciate you.”
Elder Fish remains in an induced coma, but doctors hope to wake him soon. Elder Fish’s companion is receiving counseling and other missionaries in the area have been temporarily removed as a precaution.
“Our prayers are with these missionaries and their families, that they may be strengthened and healed during this difficult time,” said church spokesman Sam Penrod in a statement.