Hyena attack victim showing signs of progress

by | Jun 9, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments

• 8 year old set to be airlifted to South Africa

Mako Jerera
Rodwell Ngomazana (9) of Benzi Village under Chief Nhema in Zaka, was severely mauled by a pack of hyenas at a church service on the night of May 7 and suffered severe facial injuries and disfigurement.

Rodwell was immediately taken to Mashoko Mission Hospital where he was transferred to Masvingo Provincial Hospital and eventually to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals for specialist surgical treatment, where he currently is.

He was admitted at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals on May 8 2021.

Ngomazana was attacked by a hyena, leaving him with one eye, while the nose, upper lip and both cheeks were extensively injured.

He lives in Rusakaniko village in Benzi was sleeping with other children when the hyena pounced during a church service of the Zviratidzo Zvapositora apostolic sect last Friday.

Zimbabwe National Parks spokesperson Tinashe Farawo confirmed the incident and told Masvingo newspaper, The Mirror that the boy was dragged for more than 300 metres from the rest of the congregation.

The boy`s grandmother, Martha Sasikai said the boy was attacked soon after he asked for some sheets because he wanted to sleep.

“We were at a church service when Rodwell asked for some sheets to cover himself since he wanted to sleep. I gave him and it was only few minutes later when he was attacked by the hyenas.

In a statement released today Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals said the Ngomazana`s life is now out of danger.

“We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the specialists who took part in the treatment and care of the child. The child’s life is now out of danger but requires facial reconstruction. He is taking his lessons, can read, write and play games with his phone.

Special mention goes to our specialist Pediatricians, General Surgeons, Ophthalmologists, Plastic Surgeons, Maxillofacial Surgeons, ENT Surgeons, Neuro Surgeons, Anesthetists, Dieticians, Physiotherapists, Nurses and all those who took part in the treatment and care of this particular child,” the hospital said.

Parirenyatwa said the child will be travelling to South Africa, for further treatment.

“Some well-wishers have now offered to airlift the Child to South Africa for the required facial reconstruction and rehabilitation. The child is currently under Dr Manana, a Consultant Specialist Maxillofacial Surgeon. While the parents and the well-wishers acknowledge the expertise within our hospital to carry out the facial reconstruction, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals respects their wish to have the procedure done in South Africa.”

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