Tumours: woman awaits fifth operation

2011-12-08 00:00

A 20-YEAR-OLD woman of Mafakatini in the Vulindlela area, Phumzile Duma, is awaiting yet another operation on two massive tumours growing on her face and back.

Duma is set to see doctors in February next year. She has already been under the knife four times to remove a tumour that has resulted in her losing her left ear.

She also has a hunched back and uses a walking stick.

“Some people tease me when they see me while others are scared to look at me,” she told The Witness.

Duma is supported by her mother, Florence, and her older sisters.

“I’ve undergone four operations in different hospitals in Durban for this, but they don’t tell me what’s wrong with me.

“I don’t know what to say or do because this ‘hunchback’ is growing and it’s affecting my walking abilities,” said Duma.

She said she yearns to be normal.

Her mother said life is difficult for the family as no one is working and they rely on a disability grant she receives for her youngest daughter.

“Sometimes we run out of medication and money for transport.

“My wish is to see my child looking like the old days when she was about five years old.”

The eight members of Duma’s family live in a mud house.

“I so wish to be like other children enjoying my youth and knowing how it feels to play outside,” said Duma.

Her sickness has hampered her schooling.

She left school in grade six because other pupils were mocking her and she was frequently in and out of hospital.

KwaZulu-Natal Health Department spokesperson Chris Maxon said Duma is a patient at Chief Albert Luthuli hospital.

He said Duma has an appointment to see the doctor soon.

“I wanted to become a nurse so that I could help the community in my area. But all my dreams are fading away as I’m no longer at school,” Duma told The Witness.

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