Charles Mun­goshi able to speak again

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CHARLES Mun­goshi is speak­ing again. In a re­mark­able jour­ney that led to a med­i­cal op­er­a­tion on the eve of Good Fri­day, Mun­goshi said his first words in many months on Satur­day.

One if his first re­quests were for a copy of his son’s book, Be­hind the Wall Ev­ery­where. His wife was over­joyed. “I can­not be thank­ful enough that my hus­band has found a new lease of life. There were times when I thought this day would never come. I’m over­joyed to­day.

“Thank you Zim­babwe. Thank you to the fundrais­ers and above all, thank you God,” she said.

The op­er­a­tion was car­ried out in Harare last Thurs­day and at the fam­ily’s re­quest, the news was kept hushed for a few days to let Mun­goshi re­cover a lit­tle and get some time with fam­ily be­fore vis­its from the pub­lic be­gan.

The well-known Zim­bab­wean writer had de­vel­oped a build up of fluid in his skull. This was putting pres­sure on his brain and had led to him los­ing his mo­bil­ity and abil­ity to speak. The op­er­a­tion was a pro­ce­dure to re­place a non-per­form­ing shunt that was in­serted last year to drain the fluid to his stom­ach.

This led to a fundrais­ing drive, launched in Fe­bru­ary 2017 by well wish­ers and friends of the Mun­goshi fam­ily. Scores of Zim­bab­weans re­sponded to the call for sup­port, with some send­ing their do­na­tions via EcoCash, some via an on­line crowd fund­ing plat­form and oth­ers mak­ing di­rect con­tri­bu­tions.

Thou­sands shared the re­quest for sup­port via Face­book, What­sApp and Twit­ter and at the end of last week, all those ef­forts paid off as Mun­goshi was wheeled into the­atre for the op­er­a­tion.

By Sun­day, Mun­goshi was speak­ing; slowly, in a low voice, but these were his first words in many months.

Said his wife: “I met with the doc­tor on Satur­day. There’s a lot she still wants be done on vaMun­goshi, but the im­prove­ment is tremen­dous. He asked for Farayi’s Be­hind the Wall Ev­ery­where to read it. He also sur­prised me by ask­ing for the book Live Like an Artist and I was won­der­ing where he heard about this very re­cent book.

“But the doc­tor said he was bank­ing a lot of in­for­ma­tion over the months he could not speak. He just couldn’t bring it out and now it’s time for him to let it all out. She is ex­cited by his re­cov­ery.”

Live Like an Artist is a col­lec­tion of po­etry writ­ten by David Mun­goshi’s, Charles’ brother, and pub­lished a week be­fore the op­er­a­tion.

As Zim­bab­weans cel­e­brated In­de­pen­dence Day on Tues­day, Mun­goshi was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal. Mean­while, the fundrais­ing team is still push­ing to get money for Mun­goshi’s post op­er­a­tion pro­ce­dures. The doc­tor has put em­pha­sis on physio and speech ther­apy since Mun­goshi’s com­plete re­cov­ery de­pends on these ther­apy ses­sions. – Zim­boJam.

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