Rodwell Khomazana’s face was seriously scarred after being mauled by a hyena. And now, four months after his ordeal, he’s been released from Johannesburg’s Sandton Mediclinic.
When 9-year-old Zimbabwean Rodwell Khomazana first saw himself in the mirror late last month, the first words out of his mouth were, “Look, I have two eyes!”
His face had been restored in six operations, and a prosthetic left eye and nose had been attached.
Rodwell was mauled by a hyena in May of this year, and this was the first time the small child has managed to smile at his appearance since the horrible occurrence, according to Dr. Kim Barnard, a paediatric surgeon who has been closely involved with Rodwell’s recovery.
The fact that the boy survived the heinous assault is a miracle in and of itself. When the beast attacked, Rodwell was resting next to his grandma while attending a midnight prayer meeting. His left eye had to be removed due to the extent of the damage. His upper lip had been ripped to shreds and his nose had been pulled off.
He’s had surgery to repair his eye socket, cheek bones, and upper lip since arriving in South Africa.
A temporary prosthetic nose and a permanent prosthetic left eye have also been given to him. And now, four months after his ordeal, he’s been released from the Sandton Mediclinic in Johannesburg — at least for the time being.