Pippie Kruger 'doing very well'

2012-06-27 07:23

Pippie's skin graft a success

2012-06-19 08:45

The first cloned skin graft to be performed in South Africa is a success. The skin graft was performed last week on three-year-old Isabella Pippie Kruger, who sustained third degree burns to 80% of her body. WATCH

Pretoria - A surgeon says 3-year-old Isabella "Pippie" Kruger, who received a cloned skin transplant, is likely to be discharged from hospital next week.

Dr Ridwan Mia, the surgeon who attached her skin, said on Tuesday that the toddler is now breathing on her own and "doing very well".

Isabella, better known by her nickname Pippie, suffered third-degree burns on more than 80% of her body following an accident at a family braai.

Earlier this month, doctors attached the skin, which was cloned in Boston using mouse cells as a scaffold.

Pippie has now started to eat baby food and even chicken after months of using feeding tubes.

Mia says Pippie will need daily therapy in the months to come, including physiotherapy to strengthen her muscles.

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