I met a beautiful young lady who had been displaced during the xenophobic violence in South Africa in May 2015.
She asked to speak to me in private and when she showed me why I vowed to do whatever it takes to get her help.
She suffered multiple lacerations during a bus accident when she was fifteen in her home country Zimbabwe.
Poor treatment and a natural propensity for keloid scarring has left her with severe keloid scar's.
The largest of them is visible in the photo but there are others which out of respect for her privacy have not been shown.
Fortunately one of the top plastic surgeons in South Africa agreed to see her and after examining her said it is the worst case of keloid scarring he has seen and said then and there he would like to operate on her pro bono!
He also confirmed his anaesthetist is on board and even found a private donor to cover the cost of the special silicone skin needed to complete surgery.
Naturally we were thrilled!
We submitted an application to the hospital to sponsor the hospital fees which is the biggest expense of all.
Sadly even after they agreed to review her case her application was rejected on the grounds that she is not a South African citizen.
For the same reason coupled with the fact that her condition is not life threatening (although the chest scar does hurt and sometimes bleeds) a minimum amount of $4000 would be required at a state hospital too. And theres no chance of getting this surgery in Zimbabwe.
This surgery would absolutely change this woman's life immeasurably.
It would be tragic to pass up this incredible opportunity due to lack of funds to cover the hospital expenses.
This is why I have created this call for funding.
Funds raised will be used primarily for hospital bills which are estimated at $5600 assuming there are no complications as well as for post op care and treatment and a small emergency fund in case of complications and to help her during her recovery.
I would like to thank everyone who may consider donating to this cause.
Your support and generosity will be deeply appreciated.
Let's give Fungai the surgery she so deserves!