MASVINGO- A Masvingo woman is appealing for US$14 000 to undergo an emergency surgery in Inida to remove a growth sitting on her nerves which has left her blind.
Sithembile Moyo (48) of Mucheke D is also surviving with a high pressure shant that drains water from her head after she was diagnosed with hydro chelaphine at Mpilo Hospital last year.
The Mirror Helpline crew met her at home and she explained that the money is US$10 000 for the surgery at the Institute of Neurosciences, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences, Karad. US$4 000 is travelling expenses for her and her sister Sibongile Chazanga who will accompany her since she is blind and struggles to walk.
The surgery that will be carried out by doctor Iype Cherian is an emergency and she will be admitted for 10 days.
Moyo who was a teacher at Muzite Primary School in Chipinge lost her sight in January 2022 whilst at work as a result of the growth.
Her husband Julius Muziri is a teacher at the same school and is struggling to raise the money.
Her first born, Mildred Anesu Muziri (20) completed her A’ Level in 2020 and got a place to study Sociology at Midlands State University (MSU) but she has not enrolled as she is staying home and looking after her mother.
“I began suffering from severe headaches when I was still at Masvingo Teachers College in 1998. In 2011 it worsened after I lost my sense of smell. In 2019, I went for a CT scan in Bulawayo and it was discovered that I have a growth which had developed into a brain tumour.
“I am appealing to well-wishers to financially assist me so that I can go for a brain tumour operation in India. The cost of the operation and admission at the hospital is US$10 000. The travelling costs for me and my sister is US$4 000. She is the one who will be assisting me and she also needs accommodation and food during the time I will be admitted,” she added.
She bgan collapsing at work in 2020 and was reffered to a neurosurgeon. Moyo said she had a MRI scan in Harare in 2022 which cost US$1600.
She added that she was referred to India by her Bulawayo doctor, Garikai Mwale.
“I am also appealing to the public to assist my mother so that I can pursue my dreams and study sociology and social policy when she recovers,”said Mildred.
Moyo can be contacted on 0773 908 026/ 0787 525 281 or alternatively The Mirror Helpline 0716895703/ 0775691380.