Liver transplant child, Leon Shumbairerwa returns home after successful operation

By Abigirl Tembo Health Editor

FIVE year old boy, Leon Tadiswa Shumbairerwa who was suffering from a rare liver condition has returned home after undergoing a successful liver transplant operation in India.

Leon’s condition was so dire that the then four-year old boy had to move around with a 9kg cylinder tank for breathing purposes while the family struggled to raise US$40 000 for an operation in India.

His condition touched the hearts of many, resulting in the government paying his medical bills through the Department of Social Welfare.

This Monday Leon landed at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport accompanied by his mother Nyasha Mhandu and her Uncle George Hwami who donated a piece of his liver for Leon’s operation.

“It was not an easy journey but we thank God that we are back and the operation was a success. It was a very difficult time for me with two patients in the ICU but I thank God it was a success. And I would like to thank my uncle for coming in to my rescue after his father back tracked in the last minute,” said Nyasha.
“Donating my liver was a tough decision but It had to be made so that we save my nephew’s life,” said the uncle.

Deputy Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Honourable Kindness Paradza was among the people who welcomed Leon at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.

“I am so happy that Leon is now back and fit and the procedure went on very well and I must thank His Excellency the President for paying all the medical bills through the department of social welfare, it shows the president is a caring president”

“Am so happy my grandchild and my brother are back and both operations were successful it can only be God,” said the grandmother, Virginia Chinogwenya.

After 17 hours of surgery and three months in hospital, the excitement on Leon face tells a story of a child who is now able to enjoy his childhood with his peers.