HARARE – Kays Rushika, the former national bodybuilding president underwent a successful bypass surgery in India last Wednesday.
The former National Federation of Zimbabwe Bodybuilding and Fitness Association (NFZBBF) president was at the risk of having a heart attack after scans showed that a number of his arteries were blocked.
Rushika had been battling against the ailment since March last year and needed $6 000 for the operation.
The NFZBBF led by its president Otis Goredema went on a fund-raising campaign and were able to raise $3 000 to enable Rushika to travel to the Asian country last week.
Rushika’s wife, Francisca, who also travelled to India with her husband, confirmed that the operation was a success.
“Thank God the operation was successful, three bypass surgeries,” she said in relief yesterday.
“He is stable and will be monitored in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for two days.
“We serve a living and miracle God. Thank you for the prayers and let’s continue praising the Almighty.”
Goredema said playing part in a life-changing cause was the major highlight of his reign at the helm of the federation.
“For me it’s probably the highlight for my year as the president of this organisation to be honoured by God to play such a role,” Goredema told the Daily News yesterday.
“This is better than hosting any contest because sport without support is nothing.
“Bodybuilding is generally a self-absorbed sport and vain in its nature but this has dispelled that from the support that was given.
“I could not have done this without the help of my deputy Kenny Murungweni and the team.”
Goredema pledged continued support for Rushika during his recuperating phase and urged those with a giving heart to continue with their donations.
“We would also like to express our gratitude to South African Airways for subsidised plane tickets to Mumbai,” he said.
“The Rushika family asked us to convey their gratitude and appreciation for every single member of the bodybuilding community who contributed towards saving Kays’ life.”