A Hwange man is appealing for financial assistance for his four-year-old boy who has Imperforate anus.
Imperforate anus is a birth defect where a baby is born with an improperly developed anus, and therefore cannot pass stool normally from their rectum out of their body.
It affects about one of every 5,000 newborns and is somewhat more common among boys than girls.
Sergeant Mutali the father of the child said that his son started suffering the moment he was born.
“He was born in pain; he cries a lot especially after he has eaten. We have taken the boy to some local hospitals here in Hwange, but the doctors keep referring us to Sally Mugabe (Gomo) hospital in Harare for an operation.”
Mutali said he is worried that his son condition will worsen as he gets older.
He went on and said he once took the boy to Mpilo hospital where the doctors put a colostomy but it is uncomfortable for the infant.
Colostomy is a surgical procedure that brings one end of the large intestine out through the abdominal wall. During this procedure, one end of the colon is diverted through an incision in the abdominal wall to create an opening in the skin where a pouch for collecting faeces is attached.
Mutali also revealed that with the global pandemic, his son has been suffering a lot since there were traveling restrictions for him to seek treatment.
“I am asking for assistance from those who are willing to help my son as I cannot afford to travel to Harare and meet the medical expenses. I have been doing piece jobs, but still the money is not enough,” said Mutali
The boy’s rare condition needs an urgent operation to help him survive and have a normal life.
Sergent Mutali can be contacted on 0778900807. Nhau/Indaba