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Reports: Girl in theatre for groundbreaking operation

2012-06-11 19:04

Johannesburg - Burn-victim, 3-year-old Pippie Kruger, reportedly was in theatre at the Garden City Clinic on Monday night for a groundbreaking operation where surgeons will graft skin grown in a laboratory in the US onto her back, face, chest, arms and legs.

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

The 41 pieces of skin, which were grown in a laboratory in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US, arrived at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport in 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.

Comments
  • ken.brown.946 - 2012-06-11 19:12

    Going to be a success.

  • joe.ndlovu.16 - 2012-06-11 19:12

    Oooh my GOD help this child

  • Avesh Athmanand - 2012-06-11 19:25

    Heavenly Father please forgive and bless this child and let her heal Amen !!!

      Dylan - 2012-06-11 20:06

      Forgive this 3 year old for what exactly?

  • deana.boshoff - 2012-06-11 19:28

    Dearest Pippi, We are praying for you! May the Lord Jesus guide the surgeons' hands and be with each and every staff member in the OR. May your pain be bearable when you wake up and may you for evermore be the beautiful little girl you already are. Mom and Dad, Grandparents stay strong, the road to recovery has so far been unimaginably painful but hopefully from now on it'll get easier. Many thanks to the Boston Medical Personal!

  • Jazzy - 2012-06-11 19:43

    Stay strong - we are all rooting for you.Praying for supernatural strength for Pippi, for peace that passes all understanding for the family and wisdom for the doctors - guide their hands, Lord.

      Nompumelelo - 2012-06-11 19:56

      Best wishes... The success of this procedure will mean a lot to this precious little girl, her family, the medical team and surely help in future. I am indeed moved as mom to little ones...

  • Sylvester.Mohloli - 2012-06-11 19:47

    Good luck :)

  • Estie Britz - 2012-06-11 19:57

    praying for you Pippie! may the hands of all the doctors be guided by God and your mom and dad find comfort in Him

  • smallies - 2012-06-11 20:04

    sterkte meisiekind

  • Erwin - 2012-06-11 20:23

    I wonder if the method has been tried in the USA in another patient?..My God it is always in Africa where they try everything first time...Ebola Is confirmed to be a BioWeapon, and there is planty more...they wanted the RSA Gov. to allow the building of the peable Bad Nuclear reactor first time in the world..if it is that good why not do it in Europe first?

      Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-11 20:33

      Erwin, ever thought of the fact that the first heart transplant was done in SA? That the kreepy crawly and Pratly was made in SA? If she was your precious little girl, would you have not tried everything and anything to make here whole again?

      izak.burger.3 - 2012-06-11 20:38

      Wait, what is your point exactly? Because his may not have been tested (do you actually know that?) You postulate that they are using africans as guinae pigs, and that leads you to leave such a snarky comment on an otherwise uplifting story? Seroously, wtf?

      Erwin - 2012-06-11 20:40

      Shirley don't get me wrong here. Nothing wrong with the parents doing all they can to try to save their loved kids answering your question: Yes i would do everything and anything to see my lil girl well again. But hey i am also a scientist in the electronics field and have done research into a couple o military applications too of electronics and etc. so i know what i am talking about...it is about side effects. go read about Ebola, Antrax, etc and more. The USA has an Arms Caché of BioWeaponry like none other in the World. Did you know that they published not more than 5 months ago that they found a way of weaponising the Flu Virus in such a way it would spread and kill Humans? so dear this is what i am talking about...and hey South Africans are no Strangers to Criation of BioWeapons..just read the recent past...by the way there is courtcase going on in South Africa about ryt?

      Erwin - 2012-06-11 20:51

      Izak again dude you got wrong my comments...the whole reason why the Peable Bed Nuclear reactor was not built yet in RSA is because it is not Field Test...France and Germany rely on Nuclear power and they created the Best Reactor in The world claiming "it never goes critical"...so asked them WHY DID YOU NOT BUILD ONE IN GERMANY OR FRANCE? Now about making Africans as Guinae Pigs you said it now me. And hey no surprise if the answer was yes ryt? Ask the Apartheid Scientist about what they did in your home country dude. I wish the Operation is a success and the lil girl can smile again...a child smile is priceless...wish the family all the blessings. The science and Technology should be at work for helping mankind.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-11 20:25

    Hope it's a success, hats off to the people who have made it possible and has put years of hard work into something that can save an innocent life...

  • Adil Smit - 2012-06-11 20:27

    Praying it goes well

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-06-11 20:29

    Vasbyt Pippie poplap!! Sover is jy amazing en pappa Jesus is die bron!! Baie dankie Vader vir kennis en vaardighede wat die mensie se lewe verander!

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-06-11 20:41

    sterkte mysie.Jesus is met jou,Sterkte vir papa en mama ook

  • chantylJK - 2012-06-12 08:52

    My heart goes out to her and her family, my daughter was a year old when she was involved in a house fire, so I know just how hard this process is, I pray that the new surgery is a sucess for her and that she heals well. With God at your side it gets better, its a long road, but each day of healing brings about hope, be strong!!!

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