Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s enstranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa, has had her right arm amputated.
Ailing Mubaiwa whose nasty divorce with Chiwenga has grabbed headlines is reported to have been amputated on Friday.
Mubaiwa has been critically ill for several months after she was diagnosed with acute lymphoedema.
The condition caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, part of the immune and circulatory systems, leads to swelling of tissues.
Several applications to seek treatment in South Africa, the courts have been rejected by the courts.
In March, doctors advised Marry that her right arm should be amputated.
Beatrice Mtetwa, her lawyer, revealed that her doctors had recommended that her right hand be amputated above the elbow due to severe sepsis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Infections that lead to sepsis most often start in the lung, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract. Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.
Below is part of the letter from the doctors who examined Marry in which they recommended that her right hand be amputated in order to save her life.
Letter from the doctors
`’I had the pleasure of assessing Marry Mubaiwa on behalf of my senior colleague Mr Mthethwa. She is 5 weeks post revision surgery for a right humerus shaft re-fracture.
Her current condition is critical (life-threatening) and has necessitated hospitalization and stabilisation with a plan for emergent right high above elbow amputation as soon as she is deemed medically stable.
She has severe sepsis secondary to deep infection after revision surgery to fix a re-fracture of right humerus shaft against a background of chronic sepsis in her forearm.
Careful in-patient clinical management of her current state is required, and a multi-disciplinary team is in attendance.