Mother appeals for financial assistance

The mother of a 15-year-old child is appealing for financial assistance for her child who suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum to undergo an urgent bone marrow surgery and a corneal transplant.

Xeroderma pigmentosum is a hereditary condition characterized by extreme sun sensitivity, leading to a very high risk of skin cancer and other medical problems. People with XP are extremely sensitive to ultra-violet radiation from the sun.

Lettwin Liyabongwa Dorcas Mushipe a Form Three student at Cresta College in Gwanda was diagnosed with XP when she was 6 years old.

She has suffered from chronic dermatological problems including skin cancers, tongue cancer, and recently developed eye cataracts.

In an interview with CITE, Nobesuthu Ngwenya, Lettwin’s mother said they are in need of US$58 000 to undergo a bone marrow surgery in India and a corneal transplant in South Africa.

Ngwenya said her daughter has previously undergone several operations.

“She has had 10 surgeries mainly around the face, three times in the tongue, eyes, the side of the forehead and on her forehead, on her mouth, she has once reconstructed the mouth and spent almost two months with a sealed mouth and feeding on liquids using a straw,” she said.

Those willing to assist Lettwin can contact 0772 973 188 for calls, WhatsApp, and Eco-cash. Well-wishers can also use the following banking details: Steward Bank FCA Nostro 1043995886, Steward Bank RTGS  1023554727, Steward Bank visa card 19330607, or ZB Bank 4307174549201.

A Go Fund Me has also been set up titled Lettwin titled Save Lettwin’s sight, Save Lettwin’s life, and can be accessed on

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