GREAT Zimbabwe University Marketing student Mollen Ndinatsei Makoni, who was diagnosed with a life threatening chronic kidney disorder, yesterday finally left for an urgent kidney transplant in India.
Makoni was diagnosed with chronic glomerulonephritis in July 2013 and has been struggling to keep up with the medical costs and related expenses. She has been on haemodialysis twice a week at a cost of $1 800 a month.
Chivi Rural District Council chairperson and Zimbabwe Amalgamated Housing Association (Zaha) director-general Killer Zivhu yesterday provided three air tickets worth over $4 500 under his Wezhira Ndionewo project.
The tickets were for Makoni, her mother and younger sister Tendai who is donating her kidney to save her sibling.
Addressing Press conference in Harare yesterday, Zivhu said he was happy that Makoni was finally leaving for the operation in India.
“As Zaha, we would like to thank Zimbabweans for helping towards Mollen’s fundraising and today (yesterday), we are happy that she is going for treatment. Mollen’s condition was deteriorating and time was running out for her to be flown to India for the urgent operation,” Zivhu said.
“Many thanks to Mollen’s younger sister Tendai for donating life as she offered her kidney which is not an easy task like donating money.”
He also applauded several musicians, among them Mathias Mhere, Suluman Chimbetu and Sebastian Magacha who volunteered to perform at a fundraising music concert which was held under the theme A Dollar Can Save Life on October 18 at Caravan Park in Masvingo.
“Our wish is to see the 27-year-old Mollen returning to school as she has since been forced to drop out of university because of her deteriorating condition,” Zivhu said.
Makoni said she was grateful to the Zimbabwean citizens for joining hands to fundraise for her.
“I thank you Zimbabweans for showing unity and love as you spared to fundraise for me to undergo the operation,” she said.
Makoni becomes the second beneficiary of the Wezhira Ndionewo project that has also seen Charles Munodzana flown to India on Sunday accompanied by wife, Vaireta, to undergo an urgent aortic valve replacement operation at Fortis Hospital.
Zivhu also pledged two tickets for Munodzana and wife valued at $2 789.
The 49-year-old Munodzana, who hails from Zaka, Masvingo, was diagnosed with aortic valve stenosis in March this year.
Munodzana is expected to spend about two months in India.