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Bus accident survivor condition improves

ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
THE Zambian High Commission in South Africa says the condition of Luyando Munkasu, the Mazhandu Family bus accident survivor who was evacuated to Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in South Africa, has improved.
Press secretary at the mission Nicky Shabolyo said in a statement on Wednesday that 14-year-old Luyando would be operated on in the next few days.
“Fourteen-year-old Luyando, who lost her mother and sister in the accident, sustained a deep cut on the front part and injuries to the left side of her head,” Mr Shabolyo said.
He said Luyando’s father, Fantansy Munkasu, said the swelling of the head had reduced and that doctors had indicated that they could operate on his daughter by the end of this week.
“We are happy that there has been a lot of improvement from the time she was brought in. She was barely conscious with a lot of swelling to her head but now we are even able to talk to her and she is responding,” he said.
Mr Shabolyo said Luyando’s father said his daughter had gained good levels of consciousness and had since asked about her mother and her sister.
And Mr Shabolyo says Luyando’s family have since thanked Government for evacuating the teenager to South Africa for specialised treatment.
The family is grateful that the government had seen it fit to consider their relative for treatment at a specialised health facility outside the country.
Mr Shabolyo said Mr Munkasu told him the family was grateful to President Lungu and his government for the gesture.
Luyando had been in a very bad condition while in Zambia.
Mr Shabolyo said Mr Munkasu was speaking when Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa Emmanuel Mwamba, his wife Monde and Deputy High Commissioner Philomena Kachesa visited Luyando at the hospital.
Ms Kachesa said Government was pleased to hear that Luyando was recovering and that she was getting ready for the operation while Mrs Mwamba led prayers for the patient asking God to take charge of the situation.
Ten people died in the early hours of January 31, 2017 when a Mazhandu Family bus collided with a truck on the Great North Road.


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