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Missionary robbed and stabbed in Colombia, in stable condition after surgery


Nineteen-year-old Latter-day Saint missionary Elder Maxwell Fish, who is from San Antonio, Texas, has been hospitalized and underwent surgery as a result of an attack on Friday morning, February 24.

According to Church News and Church spokesperson Sam Penrod, Elder Fish and his companion, who are serving in the Colombia Cali Mission, were victims of a robbery and assault in Popayán, Colombia. They were attacked in the street and Elder Fish was stabbed in the neck.

“His companion was not physically harmed and is receiving counseling,” Penrod said. “Other missionaries in the vicinity of this crime have been moved out of the area as a precaution.”

Elder Fish has been receiving medical care in Colombia and was placed in a medically-induced coma after the attack. Since Friday, his mother, Nichole, has shared updates on his condition on Facebook. She and her husband flew down to Colombia as quickly as they could and are staying a hotel near the hospital. As a result of a surgery on Sunday, Elder Fish’s collarbone has been replaced, circulation has been restored to his arm, and his veins and lungs have been repaired.

Our prayers are with Elder Fish and his family.

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