Tambu Makinzi
Tambu Makinzi
BornTambudzai Makinzi

Tambu Makinzi is a Zimbabwean woman who is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Tambu suffered from Chrondrosarcoma, a rare type of cancer and underwent a special operation in England. After going through as many as 39 hours of surgery doctors would successfully remove the tumour in her head and reconstruct her face.


Tambu was born in 1988 and she is a married to Paddy and the two have a daughter, Pearl.

Tambu's nightmare

Tambu was diagnosed as suffering from a rare form of cancer called "Chrondrasarcoma". She was advised to go to England for a special operation.[1] Tambu was unable to pay for her medical bills and various people took it upon themselves to help Tambu. They utilised social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook to enlighten people about Tambu's condition.

Rumbi Bvunzawabaya and Dr. Brighton Chireka who are based in the United Kingdom (UK), began to run a campaign on "GoFund Me" in a bid to help Tambu and they raised more than 28 000 pounds.[1] The Zvirikufaya naKeda Facebook page, managed to raise more than 8 000 pounds.[1]

Dr. Chireka managed to liaise with Professor Iain Hutchinson of St Bartholomew's Hospital in England.[2] The founder of UK Oral Cancer Research Group offered to operate on Tambu for free but Tambu was supposed to cater for some hospital facility fees.[1]

Tambu would later go out to the UK in April 2015 and though be advised that she had just months to live, would endure a 39 hour operation that would remove a 2 KG tumour that was pressing on her brain, eye and nose. A huge hole would be left in her face and reconstructive surgery would follow.[3] He story and plight would later be featured on a Channel 5 documentary (UK), "The Woman With No Face".[3]

Tambu's video

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Power of social media as over £37 000 raised for Tambu, Nehanda Radio, Published:26 Jan 2015,Retrieved:27 January 2015"
  2. URGENT: Tambu Needs Your Help, Three Man on a Boat, Published:25 Jan 2015,Retrieved:27 January 2015"
  3. 3.0 3.1 LIZZIE PARRY, The woman whose face was DEVOURED by cancer: Mother, 27, undergoes 39-hour surgery to remove 2kg tumour and rebuild the hole left in her face, Daily Mail UK, Published: 11 Sep 2015, Retrieved: 16 Sep 2015