Gutu woman stuck at home with a fractured leg

Mirror Reporter

Gutu – A woman from Nyazvidzi Small Scale Farming Area in Gutu is stuck at home with a fractured leg because she can’t get money to go to hospital.

Rhoda Chishava (51) is in danger of getting her left leg amputated after she failed to raise money to go to Mutare Provincial Hospital for further surgical operations.

Chishava broke her leg in May this year and had it plastered at Murambinda District Hospital. On review in September it was realised that she needed urgent surgical attention at Mutare Provincial.

It is now over four weeks after that recommendation and Chishava is stranded at home because she has no money to make the journey to Mutare. She cannot even afford to buy routine drugs prescribed to her by the doctor including pain killers.

She is wasting away because of the intrinsic pain that she sometimes go through and experts have warned of serious complications if the operation to correct her problem is not done urgently.

Hers is just one of the thousands of cases of people who wait to die at home because the health system is on its knees.

“I am worried that my wife will be amputated and not be able to fend for herself. All busses are demanding fares in US$ and I can’t get foreign currency because I am unemployed. I am appealing to well wishers to assist my wife with bus fare to Mutare,” said Chishaya’s husband, Garirai Manguo.

Chishaya said that she has lost all hope and is now just waiting for the time when doctors will amputate her leg.

She also appealed to the Social Welfare Department to consider her for food and other benefits.

“I used to fend for myself until I broke my leg. I am appealing to the Social Welfare Department to consider me in future food allocations,” said Chishaya.

Well wishers can contact 0712 807 800 or 0776 558 451.

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