By Surihe Gaomas
Felesiana Nauwake, the Namibian girl who suffers from the rare disfiguring disease Noma, is in South Africa’s Pretoria East Hospital for her third operation to reconstruct her nose, which will take place tomorrow.
The surgical procedure, which costs about N$42 000, follows public donations to the Felesiana Nauwake Trust Fund, chaired by Namwater Chief Executive Officer Dr Vaino Shivute.
Shivute has thanked donors for their support to the fund, which has accumulated N$122 000 from which the latest operation will be paid.
“You have demonstrated that the spirit of love and care truly lives and the Felesiana Nauwake Trust Fund is deeply grateful for your support and generosity,” said Shivute.
He encouraged individuals and corporate representatives to continue to support Felesiana, saying her treatment will have to continue well into her teenage years.
The girl will be at Pretoria East Hospital for seven days. She will come home thereafter and one month later go back for reconstruction touches on her nose at Kloof Hospital, amounting to about N$20 000.
Namwater spokesperson Tommi-Riva Numbala informed New Era that the trust would need more money for the second trip in a month’s time.
“We are currently looking for sponsors for the second trip. Our account stands now at N$122 000 from which all these expenses will be paid like plastic surgery, anaesthesia, hospital expenses and transport,” said Numbala.
He explained that there is still an outstanding hospital bill of N$4,500l.
“We are also looking for a dentist for her,” added Numbala.
People who want to assist may donate to the following bank account:
First National Bank of Namibia; Ausspann-platz Branch; Account Number 62092319146; Branch Code 280272.