Zimbabwean Boy Mauled By Hyena Arrives in South Africa for Reconstructive Surgery


The kindness of strangers got Rodwell Khomazana here. After weeks of fundraising, planning, hope lost and hope gained, the nine-year-old boy who was mauled by a hyena near Harare on 2 May arrived in South Africa.

Rodwell arrives. Rolled into the entrance of Mediclinic Sandton in Johannesburg on a stretcher, Rodwell Khomazana is met by excited medical staff with stickers and T-shirts that say "Team Rodwell".

There is an air of excitement and importance as the staff, lined up on either side of the entrance hall, sing the national anthem.

Rodwell Khomazana is welcomed by the medical staff at Mediclinic Sandton, some wearing 'Team Rodwell' stickers and merchandise. There was an air of excitement as Khomazana was wheeled into the hospital, with staff members lined up along the entrance hall singing the national anthem. (Photo: Oupa Nkosi)

At first unaware of the magnitude of the situation, Rodwell, only nine years of age, is playing on trauma nurse Maqshuda Kajee's iPad Mini. From under his green hoodie and the bandages wrapped around his head, Rodwell gives a curious look at the people surrounding him.

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