Burn victim, 3: Doctors race against time

2012-06-11 18:03
Pippie Kruger (Beeld)

Pippie Kruger (Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Doctors are racing against time to get the newly-harvested skin of Pippie Kruger, 3, to a Johannesburg hospital.

The toddler from Lephalale, Limpopo, sustained third degree burns to 80% of her body at a braai in December.

She is expected to undergo a groundbreaking operation at the Garden City Clinic on Monday night when she gets a special graft with 41 pieces of skin.

Her new skin, which was grown in a laboratory in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US, arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday afternoon.

The skin, which has to kept at a temperature of 2°C to 8°C,  only has a 24-hour shelf life and the flight from Boston to South Africa took 21 hours. 
According to a tweet by Beeld journalist Pauli van Wyk, the medical courier Sonny Mysteri was completely oblivious to the big role he played in helping the desperate family. “I was just doing my job, [I'm] glad to help," he said.
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