Excited about going home

2013-06-10 00:00

FIVE-YEAR-OLD burn victim Celiwe Maseko could not wait to go home to dance yesterday.

Celiwe was discharged on Saturday, almost six months after being admitted to the Netcare Garden City hospital in Johannesburg.

“It is my party. I’m going home today and I will jive,” a shy Celiwe said at the farewell party that hospital staff had arranged for her.

Celiwe, who is from Kagiso on the West Rand, was admitted in January after a playmate threw a burning match at her and her summer dress caught fire. She sustained burn wounds over 35% on her body, mostly on her back and chest.

Dr Ridwan Mia carried out South Africa’s second cloned skin transplant in April. Pippie Kruger was the first in the country to undergo the procedure.

Pippie’s family, with parents Anice and Erwin and her brother Arno, as well as Mia, joined the nursing staff for Celiwe’s farewell party in the hospital.

The Pippie se Gesiggie fund had paid for Celiwe’s medical costs.

Celiwe was dressed as a princess in pink, complete with a tiara.

Brown Maseko, Celiwe’s father, thanked everyone who contributed to his little girl’s healing.

Her mother, Katlego Maseko, was very excited to take Celiwe home.

“After almost six months, it is the end of all the troubles we went through since Celiwe’s accident.”

She said Phumzile (2) could not wait to have her older sister back at home.

Maseko said she and her husband prayed each morning after the accident.

“It is through the Lord’s mercy that we came through this.”

She was at the hospital every day and her husband, who works in Limpopo, visited twice a week.

Mia said Celiwe will have to undergo rehabilitation for at least the next two months to improve the movement of her wrists. He said despite Celiwe spending the past months lying in a hospital bed, she was doing well.

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