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A ZIMBABWEAN woman who recently underwent surgery in the UK after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Chondrosarcoma, has been released from hospital.

NewZimbabwe.com reported early this year that Tambu Makinzi was in need of financial assistance to undergo treatment for a cancer that affects the bone.

Friends and relatives announced at the weekend that in January 2015, the Facebook Community and Zimbabweans across the world raised pound30,000 for Makinzi’s treatment.

“We are pleased to confirm that Tambu was released from hospital two weeks ago,” her family said in a statement.

“She is recovering very well and the wounds are healing.”

In March, Tambu underwent a 25 hour operation to remove the tumour.

This was followed, a few weeks late,r by another 14 hour operation.

“She is recovering very well and the wounds are healing,” the update said.

“The support from the community is appreciated and the lack of updates is not in any way meant to take away from the gratitude that Tambu has for all who contributed.

“Tambu and her family have been focusing on her recovery,” the friends stated.

“We are hopeful that Tambu will be able to give an update soon and post pictures when she is ready “.

The Cape Town-based 27 year old mother was told that the operation could not be performed in South Africa or Zimbabwe as her cancer can only be treated through specialist surgery.

UK-based Dr Brighton Chireka then managed to connect Tambu with Professor Iain Hutchinson who is the Chief Executive of Saving Faces in England.

Iain has been Consultant Oral amp Maxillofacial Surgeon St Bartholomew’s, The Royal London Hospital amp Homerton Hospitals since 1989.

The founder of the United Kingdom Oral Cancer Research Group offered to do the operation for free but Tambu needed to pay for the theatre, two weeks in hospital, use of intensive care unit and the fee for the neurologist and the anaesthetist.

Zimbabweans worldwide responded positively to her plea.

“Tinotenda, Siyabonga, Thank you, Danki,” her relatives and friends said.

Source : New Zimbabwe