By Memory Chamisa
The squeals and giggles of children always manage to put a smile on adults but when those are replaced with ill-health it is never easy for the parent who is used to the joy.
Children of his age are busy running around like what is expected of normal four-year olds, but it is not the case for Leon Tadiswa Shumbairerwa who is now confined to a nine kilogramme oxygen tank that assists him in breathing.
Leon Tadiswa has been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, a condition where scar tissue gradually replaces healthy liver cells, and the condition becomes serious in that it can start blocking the flow of blood through the liver.
For Tadiswa’s Aunt Rutendo Chinogwenya, who had to speak on behalf of the mother as she was overwhelmed with emotions, the cross is too heavy for them to carry alone and are appealing to well-wishers to have Tadiswa treated outside the country.
“I am Tadiswa’s mother’s sister and I am appealing to Zimbabweans and everyone for assistance as Tadiswa is running out of time. He needs to go to India for surgery and we need US$40 000 for his treatment. We are also struggling to have his oxygen tanks as they cost around ZWL$5 000 and each tank lasts 12 hours,” she said.
Tadiswa has since undergone several blood tests, scans, x-rays and a liver biopsy all in an effort to see him get treated and go back to being the bubbly child he is.
Those who want to assist can call his mother Nyasha Mhandu Chinogwenya on 0777086300/ 0777086301/ 0777108673.