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FEEL GOOD | SA healthcare staff rally to convey Zim boy mauled by hyena to SA for reconstructive surgical procedure

A nine-year-old boy was mauled within the face by a hyena.

  • Rodwell Nkomazana, 9, was mauled within the face by a hyena whereas asleep at an all-night church gathering outdoors Harare, Zimbabwe, final month.
  • A number of SA docs have provided to deal with the boy pro-bono, nevertheless, R1 million remains to be wanted to cowl an escorted medical evacuation from Zimbabwe, reconstructive surgical procedure, post-operative remedy, and aftercare remedy.
  • A workforce of healthcare staff are set to provisionally fly to Harare on Saturday to convey the boy again to Mediclinic Sandton for surgical procedure. 

South African medical practitioners have rallied collectively to assist put a smile again on the face of a Zimbabwean schoolboy who was mauled within the face by a hyena, leading to him dropping an eye fixed. 

Trauma nurse Maqshuda Kajee has been on the helm of fundraising to get nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana and his mom to South Africa for much-needed facial reconstruction surgical procedure. He was attacked by a hyena whereas asleep at an all-night church gathering outdoors Harare, Zimbabwe, on 7 Might.  

Nkomazana’s nurse in Zimbabwe, Sister Chaku and Sister Liz Willson in Johannesburg, South Africa, initially shared this story with Kajee, who approached her community of docs who provided to carry out the surgical procedure pro-bono.

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Nkomazana’s workforce of docs embody famend plastic surgeon Dr Ridwan Mia, head and neck surgeon Dr Razvi Ahmed, anaesthetist Dr Hizir Mukaddam, maxillofacial surgeon Dr Jameel Desai, paediatrician Dr Kim Barnard, and medical evacuation skilled Dr Sayuren Moonsamy.  

Mia, a recipient of the Nationwide Order of the Baobab, mentioned that Nkomazana wanted numerous reconstruction of the central a part of his face and a prosthetic left eye. He mentioned:

Rodwell would require reconstruction of your complete nostril, many of the higher lip and about 10% of the decrease lip. And likewise the orbit that homes the left eye as a result of, sadly, he misplaced his left eye. It’s anticipated that he would require numerous physiotherapy, occupational remedy and psychological remedy for mother and for Rodwell.

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Mai mentioned the surgical procedure would take as much as 15 -20 hours and would require a number of operations.

Though docs have provided their companies pro-bono, Nkomazana will nonetheless want about R1 million to pay for an escorted medical evacuation from Zimbabwe, reconstructive surgical procedure to his face, post-operative remedy, and aftercare remedy as soon as he’s discharged.  

Kajee informed News24 that they’d raised simply over R3 000 to date and urged folks to donate to the next banking particulars:

Donation particulars


FNB: 6284 989 7197

BR. CODE: 250655


As soon as funds are secured, Kajee and Dr Moonsamy will fly to Harare to fetch Nkomazana and his mom. On account of the price of an air ambulance, the workforce will likely be flying again on a business flight that has been provisionally booked for Saturday. 

“The plan is to fly with fundamental medical gear in addition to fundamental very important monitoring instruments in order that we will preserve observe of Rodwell’s very important indicators as we fly.

“Upon arrival in Harare, we are going to obtain Rodwell. We’ll guarantee that he’s match to fly and guarantee that his wounds are appropriately dressed in order that he does not draw an excessive amount of consideration to himself or misery different passengers, on the flight as a result of it will likely be a business flight,” mentioned Moonsamy. 

As soon as in South Africa, Nkomazana’s will likely be operated on at Mediclinic Sandton. The docs mentioned that they had been nonetheless assembly varied organisations that may help Nkomazana.  

In the meantime, Kajee mentioned that Nkomazana’s mom was anxious, however wanting ahead to her son getting the assistance he wants.

He mentioned that Nkomazana was in a steady situation at Harare’s Parirenyatwa Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and was even capable of write. 

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