Marry Mubaiwa, the ex-wife of Zimbabwe Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, has made her first public appearance since her amputation. Marry had her right arm amputated in a private hospital in September.
A visibly weak Marry made her first public appearance when she went to the Harare Magistrates’ Court on Monday. She was accompanied by one male person, who is yet to be identified.
The former second lady is facing attempted murder charges. This comes after Vice President Constantino Chiwenga claimed that Marry attempted to murder him while he was incapacitated in a South African hospital.
The 39-year-old is also accused of money laundering and foreign currency externalisation, as well as fraud and misrepresentation, for allegedly secretly planning to upgrade her marriage without Chiwenga’s knowledge or consent.
Marry Mubaiwa arrives at the Harare Magistrates Court today.
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The ailing Marry Mubaiwa has been critically ill for several months after she was diagnosed with acute lymphoedema. She made several court applications seeking permission to be allowed to seek specialist medical care outside the country. However, all the applications were turned down by the courts.
Back 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.
Marry had been fighting for permission to seek specialist medical care outside of the country since the recommendation to amputate her arm was made.
Despite numerous court applications, the permission was always denied.