Catherine, Susan, Martha and Mazunzo made a long and exciting journey from Luchenza in Malawi to spend three weeks in Scotland as part of an exchange programme. Quite literally a trip of a lifetime! Bringing them from their humble but extremely happy existence in Malawi to experience the relative riches of the UK was not a concept we felt at all comfortable with, but being able to spend time with the girls here in Scotland was simply wonderful.
Unfortunately Mazunzo took ill during her stay and was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with a terrible infection in her jaw. For many years she had suffered from a disfiguring but harmless condition, apparently prevalent in Africa, resulting in a large swelling on the side of her face. This is caused by a form of benign tumour which if surgically removed would only grow back in time. Whilst the condition is harmless, Mazunzo’s jaw is prone to infection which, given such limited access to treatment and medication in Malawi, could prove fatal.
Surgeons, anaesthetists and doctors at Monklands hospital in Scotland were anxious to explore this African medical condition and offered to donate their own time to treat Mazunzo and operate on her jaw. This would involve removing the affected section of her jaw and replacing it with a piece of her rib, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and months of post operative care.
Mazunzo decided that she would go home to Malawi as soon as she was well enough so she could complete her education.
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