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MANZINI – Seemingly, the injuries suffered by the ordinary citizen who was shot by the police during the PSAs’ ‘Operation shut down Manzini’ march are worse than she had feared.

In fact, the woman, Fikile Nhlabatsi, will have her pinky fingeramputated and chances are high that her index finger might not function properly for the rest of her life. Nhlabatsi revealed this yesterday while on her hospital bed at the Raleigh Fitkin Memorial (RFM) Hospital, where she has been admitted for the past week following the ordeal which befell her last week Wednesday. These developments are a serious worry to Nhlabatsi as she thinks that what the doctors told her could mean the end of her strides to fulfil her dreams, since she might lose her job.


If so, she might not be able to put something on the table for her family, which comprised three children (two boys and a girl). “The doctors told me that my hand might be totally disfigured. That is why I am worried about my job since it involves a lot of writing and I am a right-handed person,” she said. The mother of three said the doctors first broke the bad news to her during the first operation, which was done last week. However, she said because she was in denial since it was hard for her to accept that her hand would be totally disfigured, the doctors had to do another operation earlier this week so that she could see the extent of the injury.

“They told me that the metacarpal bone of my pinky finger was not fractured as they first thought, it was totally broken and if I refuse to amputate it, the poisoning might affect the whole hand,” she said. She said following the explanation, she tried to ask the doctors if there were any other options but their response was negative. “So, I had no choice but to try to accept in order to prevent losing my whole hand,” she said. Furthermore, Nhlabatsi, who was attending a counselling session pertaining to the amputating of her pinky finger, said she had also been told that she would know about her index finger after physiotherapy sessions, which would take some weeks.



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