Help MEALSA raise R1,000,000 for hospital treatment to help Rodwell Face the World Again
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
On the 7th of May, 2021, while asleep at an all-night church gathering outside of Harare, Zimbabwe, 9-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana was viciously attacked and mauled by a hyena. The result of the attack is life-changing injuries, including the loss of one of his eyes, complete destruction of his nose, nasal cartilage and bone, the loss of his entire upper lip, and the left part of his lower lip.
Rodwell has since been stabilised, although, due to the limited resources in Zimbabwe, we are working with his mother, Shamiso Mabika, to transfer Rodwell to Johannesburg, South Africa, to help him get the treatment and reconstruction he needs.
The family is now faced with the challenge of raising enough money to pay for an escorted medical evacuation from Zimbabwe, reconstructive surgery to his face, post-operative treatment, and aftercare treatment upon discharge while Rodwell recovers.
I have managed to secure a reconstructive team, graciously headed by Dr Ridwan Mia and his Esteemed team and they have accepted Rodwell’s treatment on a Pro Bono basis.
Sister Chaku, Rodwell's nurse in Harare, Zimbabwe and Sister Liz Willson - Chandler in Pretoria, South Africa, initially shared this story with Sister Maqshuda Kajee. Maqshuda Kajee, Dr Sayuren Moonsamy, MealSA, The Dandelion Philosophy and other concerned colleagues and individuals have been instrumental in trying to raise awareness to campaign for Rodwell's cause and raising funds for his treatment.
Rodwell's treatment costs are estimated in excess of R1 million (this includes initial surgery and post-operative treatment and aftercare at a private clinic).
Private clinics can only commence treatment once adequate funds have been raised.
Our humble appeal to the concerned people of South Africa, corporates, colleagues, family, and friends is to please raise awareness and to assist with contributing to helping this brave young man to FACE the world again!
Any contribution towards this worthy cause will assist Rodwell in his successful treatment.
Our question to you is, will you be the FACE behind Rodwell's smile again?
Doctors Costs are Pro Bono:
Dr Ridwan Mia (Plastic Surgeon)
Dr Razvi Ahmed (Head and Neck Surgeon)
Dr Jameel Desai ( Maxillofacial Surgeon)
Dr Kim Barnard ( Paediatrician)
Dr Hizir Mukaddam (Anaesthetist )
Dr Shafeeqa Mayet (Anaesthetist)
Dr Luqmaan Variawa (Anaesthetist)
ACC. NAME: MEALSA
FNB: 6284 989 7197
BR. CODE: 250655
Any queries can be directed to [email protected]