THE family of a 13-year-old girl from Bulawayo’s Nkulumane 5 suburb, who is suffering from a condition believed to be severe eczema, is seeking financial assistance to the tune of $4 000 to undergo treatment and buy medication in South Africa.
BY LINDA CHINOBVA
Nontokozo Moyo, who lives with her unemployed parents, has been suffering from the skin condition since birth.
Sithule Moyo, mother to Nontokozo, told Southern Eye that her daughter had been in and out of hospital since she was two weeks old and has never fully recovered since then.
“From the time my daughter was two weeks old, she has never been fully well. She has been in and out of hospital and it’s very unfortunate that she has never managed to get a permanent solution to her illness,” she said.
“As it is, she is supposed to be in Form 1, but she has not been going to school because the sores are even under her feet, which makes it difficult for her to walk”
“Nontokozo has been in and out of Mpilo [Central] Hospital and she was recently referred to South Africa where she is supposed to be treated and given medication. We need $5 000 and we have to raised $1 000 .”
Sithule said she and Nontokozo’s father were both unemployed and had exhausted their funds in a bid to seek medical treatment for their daughter.
“My husband used to work in Botswana, but he was involved in an accident, which resulted to him leaving work. I was working at a local hospital, but I had to resign because of my daughter’s condition, no one can look after her. I had to leave work”
Sithule narrated how Nontokozos’ condition developed.
“When she was two weeks old, she used to scratch her skin continuously and eventually she developed a rash,” she said.
“From there she developed blisters all over her body and as you can see her skin just went bad. Every part of her body is affected and half the time she is in pain”
“As a family we are asking for help from well-wishers. Seeing my daughter like this every day is enough torture to me. She has a future ahead of her. All we need is for her to recover from this condition and lead a normal life”
Nontokozo said she misses going to school and mingling with other children without feeling out of place.
“I am always at home because of my condition. I miss going to school and hanging out with my friends without feeling out of place because people stare at me and it makes me very uncomfortable,” she said.
“I wish someone out there can render help to me so that I can lead a normal life.”
Well-wishers can contact Sithule on 0772 382 505