MASVINGO–Six months old Tadisa Mupfuti who was born at Masvingo Provincial Hospital in April with a Spina Bifida condition (a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don’t form properly. It’s a type of neural tube defect) which makes his heard grow abnormally big needs US$1 200 for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Harare.
Tadisa’s mother, Talent Gatsi said they have so far spent over US$2500 for the baby’s medication and computerised tomography (CT) scan in Harare at Sally Mugabe Hospital from April to July with no change in his condition.
“Since his birth I have been in and out of the hospital for operations and monitoring by doctors but there are very few changes or the situation worsens.
“I have been getting assistance from friends and relatives but they can no longer afford anymore and I am just a vegetable vendor and it is now difficult for me to continue with the trade as the boy needs attention every time,’ said a distraught Gatsi.
The US$1 200 is inclusive of other expenses like anesthetic and medication.
She added that after the operations the situation would get better for a few days and the head would start swelling with the eyes getting white causing him difficulties in seeing.
Tadisa is Gatsi’s third child and for the past two months he has been regularly vomiting and sometimes having seizures.
“It’s been two months now trying to raise the money but to no avail and I am having problems with the child as he is no longer sleeping at night and cannot sit like children of his age as the head is too heavy for him,” said Gatsi.
Those who wish to assist can contact Talent Gatsi on 0783 691 157