Pippie’s mom nervous of coping on her own

2012-09-14 00:00

PIPPIE Kruger’s mother says she is nervous to take her home today.

“I’m also very excited, but I’m going to have to be doctor, cook and therapist,” Anice Kruger said yesterday at the Auckland Park rehabilitation centre.

Pippie is being discharged today, which is her father Erwin’s birthday.

“I’m anxious about the silence. At the hospital there are always people around and I’m never alone,” she said.

A wellwisher has offered to pay the rent on a house in Linden, Johannesburg, where Kruger and Pippie will live, for as long as the burned toddler is an outpatient at the rehab centre.

“I’m surrounded by angels helping me, without me ever having to ask,” Kruger said.

Pippie’s hospital room was full of packages of clothes, food, toys and bed linen sent by wellwishers.

She will have to go to the rehab centre three times a week for treatment, but weekends will be playtime, said her mother.

“We’ll stay in Johannesburg for as long as it takes for Pippie to get healed completely.

“I know she can and I know she will.”

There might even be a chance for Pippie to go to the zoo, Kruger said. “She’s a big animal lover. When she wakes up in the morning, I have to open the windows so she can look at the birds.

“I have grown up in the last few months and got to know myself like never before,” said the mother, who has hardly left her child’s side since the accident on New Year’s eve when a bottle of fire starter gel exploded in Pippie’s father’s hands.

That some people find her inspirational surprises her.

“I was never the most popular person, so it amazes me that people think of me as a role model.”

She feels that she has found her purpose in life.

“I want to support and help other mothers in the same situation as myself.

“People sometimes need room to scream a bit,” Kruger said.

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