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Tares’ operation a big success: Betty Makoni

priscilla_and_betty_celebrate_tare_in_recovery_roomBelow is the unedited letter of good news to all wellwishers on the success of  Nomatter Taremedzwa Mapungwana's operation. The letter, written by Betty Makoni describes the procedures and thank all wellwishers for given Tare another chance of a life time. 

Dear friends

On behalf of Girl Child Network Worldwide and Girl Child Network Zimbabwe I would like to inform you that Professor Hutchison successfully and diligently removed two tumours from Tare .The operation took more than six hours and Tare suffered no facial cuts ,no excessive bleeding and no major problem .Everything went on according to plan and hats off to Prof H for a job well done !! This is one man Zimbabweans must plan to meet one day .He talks less and does a lot and in his own words ,`As long as my patient and her mum are smiling I am happy`, and then he hugged Tare mum and said a warm bye because he had to rush for a bath and family as well as his cup of coffee!!!

 My collegue Priscialla and I watched events unfold since Friday and on Saturday we followed Prof Hutchison`s car to the theatre and then we were allowed to take her just three quarters to the theatre. Tears fell down endlessly as we walked back to the ward just to sit where her bed was .We were anxious for 8 hours and during the day Rudo ,the woman who made a passionate plea to God on Friday joined us .Later in the day, an entertainer called  Simple Dread and Lady Gee the DJ ,showed up with news that entertainers had donated £1008,00 and every name was read out to us and each message said out clear and those were the best wishes Tare got from Zimbabwean DJs and musicians as doctors made final stitches in her mouth.

 tare_mum_looks_at_tareTwo cameramen supposedly making a documentary on Tare for UK mainstream television stations came out with news that all was well and everything would soon be over and the next time I called the cameramen it was Professor Hutchison who answered the phone and he said he was already with a cup of coffee while Tare was in the recovery room.We broke into song , Hoyo  mushandiri waMwari and Hutchison inumber one and most of you we sang for you over the phone .In short, the tumor has been subdued and conquered  and it must have been shocked to death  because I could not see even its traces on Tare by at least today 2pm ...Tare`s face is in shape now and of course many visiting the hospital will see her mouth still wide open and her face big and swollen and know you such a huge tumour left this temporary physical harm but soon such these  will follow the tumors and disappear as well  .

 Now as GCNW we plan to monitor the recovery period very closely and we have drawn up a rehabilitation plan and Prisciallah and Nyasha as well as Ruth seniors in GCN have been asked to review post operation plans in line with what the doctors will advise us .It means we will be very busy to support Tare emotionally so that she prepares to be the great young woman she has always been

Otherwise Tare and her mum will be in hospital until the 16th of October or even before . We have organised a private retreat after discharge from hospital .After that we hope to have Tare and her mum hosted by GCNW staff  here in England for what we call family and established counseling so as to be fully integrated into community  but all this depends on what doctors and other medical professionals  advise .

 GCNW will make sure all bills at the hospitals are paid in full and a full set of accounts is presented to Tare and her mum

 I hope to take Tare through an empowerment process and this is based on our Girl Child Empowerment Model where we facilitate,instil and provide the means so that Tare walks in the fullness of her potential as a doctor .This normally takes four weeks of coaching ,role modelling and a few leadership practicals .This is when Tare will start reaching out to some of you and ask you to join her on her Facebook .We will not at this stage preempt what Tare wants to do but when she is empowered she will announce what she wants to do

 Otherwise ,our team in Zimbabwe and UK and all over the world now await Tare`s full recovery and we hope very soon she will be on her facebook and phone to directly say thank you

 My friends without you we could not have achieved much and thank you all and keep your generosity

 As some of you heard I was selected top ten CNN Hero because of my work back in Zimbabwe for Girls empowerment and last week I whispered to a friend that I am too embarrassed to ask People to vote for me when Tare is victim to this tumor but now its done and soon mission will soon be accomplished the vote can go ahead  !!!!!!!

 This must be my last email to this group but wait as I will send you new look Tare after a week or so because after such a major operation one hopes everything shapes after sometime

 Otherwise you are great a people and thanks so much for reaching out to Tare

Prisciallah  Nyathi my work partner will be in touch with you very soon because we are hoping to have Tare`s party  and please email her for ideas



Betty Makoni