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Gutu girl appeals for US$300 to get shunt tubes removed

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Gutu girl appeals for US$300 to get shunt tubes removed


Ellen Mlambo


MASVINGO – A 15-year-old wheelchair bound girl from Guvamatanga Village under Chief Gadzingo in Gutu is appealing to well-wishers for US$300 to have shunt tubes implanted in her body in 2006 changed.

The tubes are for removing excess fluids that form from the brain into the spinal cord and they have not been changed 16 years.

Eunice Mawire was born with Myelomeningocele where bones of the spine are not completely formed and the spinal cord and meninges protrude from the back and she has been in the wheelchair since she was a toddler

This results in a condition where there is imbalance between fluids produced in the brain and how much is absorbed into the bloodstream.

Eunice’s mother, Raina Mukaro (35) told The Mirror in an interview that the tubes should long have been removed and they are now causing excruciating pain to the girl. Eunice has since stopped going to school as a result of the pain.

Eunice’s parents are both unemployed.

The operation to remove the tubes is supposed to be carried out at Karanda Mission Hospital in Mt Darwin, said Mukaro. The tubes run from her head to the abdomen, legs and back.

“I am appealing to well-wishers for US$300 to take my child to Karanda to have her shunt tubes changed. They were implanted in 2006 and have not been changed since,” said Raina.

Well wishers can contact Raina on 0784747992 or The Mirror Helpline 0775691380.

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