When Dr. Goran Jovic was presented the case of a teenager attacked by a
hyena, he turned to ReSurge Grand Rounds (RGR) for help. With advice from
colleagues around the world, Goran was able to repair the wounds. Here is
Several years ago in a rural Malawi village, the silence of a warm, still night
in June was broken by the panicked screaming. A rabid hyena was making
its way through the village. It killed nine people, while numerous others were
horribly wounded. Simolo, then 13, was one of them.
The hyena severely disfigured her face. A gaping hole above her lip made it
difficult for her to eat or to control a persistent drool. As a consequence, she
stopped going to school.
But aid workers in Malawi contacted ReSurge International and we contacted
Dr. Goran Jovic, the only plastic surgeon in Zambia and director of our
Surgical Outreach Program there. He performed surgery to restore her face —
and her hope. Now she has returned to school and is back to living life like
any other teenage girl.