Face of nine-year old Zimbabwean boy attacked by Hyena in May will be reconstructed by plastic surgeons in South Africa.
Rodwell Khomazana lost his nose, left eye, most of his upper lip, bits of his forehead and other parts of his face when he was attacked during a night-time church service outside Harare on May 2.
Doctors in Zimbabwe’s public hospitals lack of resources to fully repair his ravaged face led his mother to contact medics in neighbouring South Africa, because she was unable to afford specialised surgery only available abroad.
A plastic surgeon, Ridwan Mia and his team will perform exploratory surgery on Monday, after which they will schedule a complex operation expected to last around 20 hours.
The plastic surgeon warned that Rodwell “will never have a completely normal, unscarred face. But we want to give him something that will at least allow him to be functional and enjoy the things that other kids do.”
Donations are expected to cover the costs of hospitalisation, which is expected to last at least a month.