A widowed farmer from Nyamasanga Farm in Makonde is appealing for financial assistance to enable her 11-year-old daughter undergo plastic surgery after she was seriously burnt by a paraffin lamp.
Ms Louise Gwanzura, the girl’s mother, said the operation scheduled for August 6 at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals would cost well over US$5 000 as it involved separating her upper and lower abdomen.
Tambudzai Takawira was severely burnt on October 29, 2013.
The surgery, doctors say, is her only hope of leading a normal life and will enable her to walk, sit and bath herself. The plastic surgery would reduce the contractions on her elbows and abdomen.
Tambudzai underwent skin grafting on her abdomen, but she cannot walk upright or stretch her hands, reducing her mobility.
Ms Gwanzura spent more than seven months in hospital with her daughter, and said it was painful to see her in such pain.
“It’s very difficult to look after a child in such pain,” she said.
Gwanzura said besides the money for plastic surgery, there were other medical bills that had accrued.
She managed to pay US$1 500 – leaving a balance of US$2 500 – at Harare Central Hospital where her daughter was admitted for seven months, before returning to Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital where she received treatment under Social Welfare.
Anyone willing to assist Tambudzai to finance the surgery and pay off her hospital bills can contact her mother on 0735242115 or 0738646669.