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Accident Victim Suffering Seven Years On



By Elizabeth Nyaguyo


A 46-year old Mount Darwin man is still in pain seven years after being involved in a road accident, along the Bindura-Mount Darwin highway, which is causing him inveterate leg pains.


Tafirei Matanga has been unable to fend for his family after the commuter omnibus he had boarded on Thursday 15 April was involved in an accident at Kasimbwi.



Speaking to Sly Media, Matanga said he had since used up all his life savings to pay for treatment at local hospitals with a chunk of unpaid bills and surgeon transfers delaying treatment for his leg which sustained seven segmented fractures.



“Before the accident I had a good life, I worked for myself but the accident negatively affected me such that I can no longer do anything for myself.



My children could no longer proceed with their education and some of them are now gold panners, ” he said.



Matanga’s lingering wound is now swollen and is infecting his bone marrow and when it seems to be healing, other infections spring.



After having spent large amounts at local hospitals, an estimated US$20 000 is required for Matanga to get full treatment in India.



“The disease that was caused by my broken leg is chronic osomelytis, and other infections especially those in my bone marrow because the leg was broken into seven pieces so when it heals there are some infections that arise.


For the doctor alone US$8 000 is required without the hospitalization and perpetual travelling costs but after calling Indian doctors they said they require US$12 000 but I have to stay there for about four months and return walking properly.



So roughly US$20 000 is required, ” he added.



With hospital debts amounting to US$3 200, Matanga only received US$1 000 for assistance from the passenger insurance company while the commuter omnibus owner Tafadzwa Samuriwo of Bindura bluntly refused to render help in any way.



Matanga said, “Samuriwo got to the point of telling me that I was bothering him when I asked for assistance.



He said I should do with the insurance money while his driver was only charged with negligent driving and forbidden to drive for five years.”



The five years passed about two years ago and Matanga is still suffering with his wound.



Matanga’s wife said they lost everything that they owned including a roaring business and it is difficult to fend for the family as he needs constant attention.



“Because of the accident he can no longer do anything as the leg troubles him day and night, pus oozes out and he doesn’t sleep well; I just hope he gets treatment soon so that we can move ahead with life, ” she moaned.



While all efforts to bring his leg to normalcy seemed to be bearing no fruit, the father of seven is just hopeful that his leg can be restored one day so that he could fend for his family and live without pain again.


Robert Tapfumaneyi