The brave 9-year-old boy Rodwell Nkomazana from Zimbabwe who was mauled by a hyena has been discharged from the hospital after undergoing a series of surgeries.
“Rodwell was discharged from hospital today. He will be managed as an outpatient as his ops are pretty much done,” said Dr. Ridwan Mia on Monday.
Rodwell was attacked by a hyena as he lay asleep at a May all-night church gathering in Harare, Zimbabwe. He suffered multiple fractures to his face, lost an eye and nose in the attack.
He also suffered severe tissue damage from his forehead down to his lip.
Rodwell was flown to South Africa two months ago to be treated by specialist doctors including Dr. Mia and his colleagues.
Dr. Mia is famous for the successful 2012 skin reconstruction of a three-year-old girl, Pippie Kruger, who had suffered third-degree burns to more than 80% of her body.
Initially, costs for the surgery had been estimated at R1,5 million, but that amount has been reduced substantially because the doctors have pledged their services for free.
Rodwell recently underwent a procedure to reconstruct his upper lip using a flap from his thigh.
ENT surgeon Dr. Razvi Ahmed, maxillo facial surgeon Dr. Jameel Desai and plastic surgeon Dr. Mia undertook the surgery together.
Rodwell was anaesthetised by Dr. Mukaddam and Dr. Variawa.