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Falcon cricketer undergoes surgery

Tanatswa with his mum Mercy and brother Tadiwanashe

Promising Falcon College cricket player Tanatswa Marumani, who has been diagonised with septic arthritis in both hips, this week underwent surgery as part of procedures to correct his medical condition while there has been a massive response to his appeal for blood donors to donate O+ blood as he also needs transfusion.

Suburban Reporter

Last week, Marumani appealed for assistance to pay his medical bills and for blood donors to donate O+ blood type for him.

Falcon College announced on their Facebook page that Tanatswa’s surgery was successful although he was still in pain.

“The operation went well. He is very groggy and in a lot of pain (and will be for some time). The Marumani family are unable to express their gratitude adequately.

“The outpouring of love and concern for Maru has been overwhelming (in a very good way!). Thank you to each and every one of you. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers,” the college said.

In an appeal last week, Falcon College headmaster Dave van Wyk wrote to well-wishers to come to Marumani’s rescue describing him as a promising cricketer and academic.

“I write this short letter to update you on the serious condition of one of our students. Tanatswa Marumani, a Form 4 in George Grey, has been diaognised with septic arthritis in both hips. This excruciating condition requires, initially, blood transfusions to bring his haemoglobin levels up and then, importantly, urgent surgical intervention to drain his hip joints and alleviate the serious and potentially life threatening poisoning of his system,” wrote van Wyk.

The head of the Esigodini-based private school said Marumani was a scholarship student from a disadvantaged family who cannot afford to meet even the preliminary medical bills hence the appeal for assistance from well-wishers.

He said they were committed to ensuring there were no delays to any treatment or procedure needed for Tanatswa.

Van Wyk said immediate funds were available from the Keegan Falcon Trust and appealed to any potential donors to channel their donations through the fund or the Falcon College Trust directly. Those willing to help can do so through Keegan Falcon Trust via Judy Friend on 0712408954 or friend@yaoafrica.com and the Falcon College Trust via Rosy Shearing on 0782984456 or headsoffice@falconcollege.com.

“I use this opportunity to alert everyone to the need for blood donors. There has already been a strong response for the O+ blood that Tanatswa needs, but more is still required.

“Additionally, the nationwide blood stocks remain critically low. Please bear the Marumani family in your prayers, we trust God for swift and complete healing for Tanatswa,” said van Wyk.

A GoFundMe page www.gf.me/u/y6nuyw has also been set up to cover Tanatswa’s expenses.

“The response, the prayers and good wishes have been overwhelming! We are so grateful to you all.”

Other schools such as Bulawayo-based Christian Brothers College and Zimbabweans all over the country have joined in the initiative to source help for Tanatswa’s treatment.

Touched by Tanatswa’s plight, some residents of Harare are also doing their part spreading the word to help the young cricketer.

  Tanatswa is the second budding sports star to suffer a life threatening medical condition following Lomagundi College track athlete Constance Dohwe, who has been diagonised with Severe Aplastic Anemia.

In July Constance appealed for financial help to cover a bone marrow transplant she was supposed to undergo in India at an estimated cost of US$85 000.

The Form Three student has been described as a diligent athlete who has participated actively in a number of sports but with her strength in track athletics.

She suddenly fell ill at home on May 31 and after doctors ran some tests she was diagonised with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a condition that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells.