Charles Mungoshi urgent treatment
in need of urgent medical attention after failed operation.
Renowned Zimbabwean author Charles Mungoshi, is in need of repeat operation after doctors at a government hospital inserted a shunt to drain fluids from his brain last year.The shunt is not working so fluids have been building in his brain putting pressure and resulting in speech and mobility problems.
Last year ,Mungoshi was seen by private doctors who recommended that the operation needed to be redone urgently to save his life.The procedure can be done in Zimbabwe .Estimated cost is US $9000 which is equivalent to AU$ 11,800.
In May 2010, he suffered a stroke and went into a coma for close to two months.When he came to, he was not able to speak, walk or write.
His wife Jesesi Mungoshi(an actress, known for Neria (1993),said the operation needed to be done as soon as possible.The situation is getting worse each day.
Charles Mungoshi's work include short stories and novels . The awards he has won include the Noma Award in 1992 and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Africa Region) twice in the years 1988 and 1998. Two of his novels, one in Shona and the other in English, both published in 1975, won the International PEN Awards. His first Shona novel was Makunungunu Maodzamoyo followed by the English short collection Coming of the Dry Season, which was banned by the colonial regime. His other Shona novel, Kunyarara Hakusi Kutaura, won several awards and his play Ingongova Njakenjake showed his versatility as a writer.
Mrs Mungoshi and her sister Fungisai Siggins, with the help of Zimbo Jam and UZ Literature Lecturer,Memory Chirere are working together to raise the money needed urgently.
We are reaching out to everyone who can help us bring our author back to good health and write as he still has a lot to offer.