Tamborinyoka still sedated after crash

Luke Tamborinyoka

By Tichaona Sibanda
05 November 2012

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’ spokesman, Luke Tamborinyoka, is still heavily sedated in a Harare hospital, after being seriously injured in a car accident early Sunday.

His close friend, Kudakwashe Matibiri, told SW Radio Africa that Tamborinyoka remained sedated and on a breathing tube as doctors sent him for scans on Monday to determine the extent of his head injuries. Doctors said he remains in a critical but stable condition.

A medical expert explained that Tamborinyoka’s prognosis, from what he has been able to read from reports, is that he is seriously injured but his injuries are not life threatening.

The Premier’s spokesman was driving a 4×4 Toyota Prado vehicle in Domboshava when the accident happened. No other car was involved and the 4×4 is understood to have overturned and rolled three times.

He was travelling with his two brothers, Ngonidzashe and Kelvin, and two uncles, Milton and Cleopas. All the passengers escaped with minor injuries. After the accident Tamborinyoka was initially admitted at Makumbe mission hospital and was later transferred to the Avenues clinic.

‘Cleopas was admitted as well at Makumbe but later released on Sunday but Milton is expected to be transferred to Parirenyatwa hospital anytime today (Monday).

‘They are keeping him (Luke) sedated so he can rest as much as possible and we all remain confident for a full recovery. I think he will be in a sedative state for the next few days to allow his head injuries to heal. We are praying that he will soon open his eyes and then we will rejoice and pray for another milestone,’ Matibiri said.

Meanwhile the Prime Minister has said he received with shock and sadness the news that Tamborinyoka was involved in a car accident at the weekend. In a statement Tsvangirai said his thoughts are with Luke and his family.

‘Luke is a family man and we appreciate that this is a challenging time for everyone who is close to him. We trust that God gives them courage. I have known Luke for a long time and he is a passionate, capable and courageous member of the team.

‘I know that this is a battle like no other but I know that his strength of character, his belief and his courage will carry him through this ordeal. In these moments, we look to the doctors for their skill and also spiritually to God for his comforting and healing Hand. Therefore, our collective prayer is that Luke is healed as soon as possible,’ the Prime Minister said.

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