AWARD-winning music promoter, Daniel Masaiti had his right leg amputated last week and is currently admitted at Clinton Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA
The 45-year-old Marondera-based promoter is suffering from osteomyelitis, a bone infection, which started when he was five years.
Speaking from South Africa yesterday, Masaiti, who is waiting for a prosthetic, said he had lived with the condition for 45 years and had no option, but to comply with the doctor’s decision to have the leg amputated.
“I am pulling through and I just had my first session on crutches with the physiotherapy team. I am on the mend, so far so good,” he said.
“Today (yesterday) they will fix a temporary artificial leg so that I can start on light and short movements since the remaining limb is in a cast. The amputation is below the knee.
“The problem started at the age of five. I had to opt for an early retirement from the civil service in 2002 because of the problem. For the past years I have been living with it and because it was worsening, the doctors recommended an amputation.”
Masaiti is the owner of Legends Sports Diner in Marondera, a popular entertainment hub that has become popular with upcoming and established musicians.
Meanwhile, talented sungura, musician Tendai Dembo, son of the late famous sungura artiste, Leonard, on Saturday night dedicated his performance to the recuperating Masaiti.
Dembo, who shared the stage with Jah Prayzah at Legends Sports Diner in Marondera, told the audience that he was disturbed to learn that Masaiti was absent from the show.
“Masaiti is conspicuous by his absence. He is not feeling well and let us all pray for his quick recovery. He is a strong man and he will pull through,” he said.
“I dedicate my performance tonight to him as someone who has done a lot for me and other musicians.”