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Girl (1) needs US$11 500 for heart surgery in India

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Girl (1) needs US$11 500 for heart surgery in India

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MASVINGO – A year-old baby girl needs US$11 500 to undergo heart surgery in India after being diagnosed with a congenital heart defect.
Tanatswa Chikambure (1) was diagnosed with the defect when she was 11 months old. Congenital heart disease is an abnormality in the heart that develops before birth, it can affect the structure of a baby’s heart and the way it works.
Her mother Juliet Mafumba (39) told The Mirror that they are struggling to raise the money and are appealing to well-wishers for assistance. Tanatswa’s father Goodmore Chikambure (43) is not employed and survives on piece jobs.
“I delivered her on January 13, 2023, and she was healthy but after some weeks she became weak to diseases like flue. She was diagnosed with congenital heart at Sally Mugabe Hospital last year.
“The doctor told us that there is a dilation of the right atrium and she has pulmonary hypertension. We were referred to Fortis hospital in India but we are failing to raise the money and are appealing to well-wishers for financial assistance. Her treatment costs US$9 500 while US$166 is for visas, the airfare is US$1190, yellow fever vaccine US$120 and US$600 for accommodation,” she said.
Tanatswa is the last born in family of four children, two boys and two girls. She will stay in India for 20 days as she undergoes surgery and recovery.
Those who want to help Tanatswa can contact her mother on 0776219739 or The Mirror helpline on 0719280534/0716895703.

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