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Pippie's operation went well - surgeon

2012-06-11 23:21

Johannesburg - The operation at the Garden City Clinic in Johannesburg to graft specially-grown skin onto Pippie Kruger's back, face, chest, arms and legs, has ended.

The Lephalale toddler, who turned three last week, has been in hospital since New Year's Eve when she sustained third degree burns to 80% of her body at a braai.

Surgeon Ridwan Mia told Beeld that the operation had gone well. He said there would be scarring, but much less than a normal skin graft.

The most difficult part was behind Pippie's head, he said.

She will be sedated for seven days.

More than 40 pieces of cloned skin had been brought from the US, where it was grown, to be transplanted onto Pippie's body.

The skin, which has a 24 hour-shelf-life, was flown in from Boston on an 18-hour flight. The medical courier delivering the precious cargo, Sonny Mysteri, was whisked off the plane and through customs in less than five minutes.

And, despite peak-hour traffic, the skin was at Garden City in 16 minutes.


Comments
  • Chris - 2012-06-11 23:33

    Bravo bravo, sulke stories maak my trots op SA en op wat menswees beteken.

      Beertjie Peertjie - 2012-06-12 00:54

      Ek stem Broer!

      john.nel.927 - 2012-06-12 07:55

      Now THAT is when blue lights are in order...

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-06-12 09:20

      Ek sit met trane in my oe... All the best little one.

      Janice - 2012-06-12 09:59

      What a beautiful story! May all their dreams come true!!!!!

      Marion - 2012-06-12 09:59

      Hoping that this is as successful as they hope and that this procedure will then eventually be available to all burn victims worldwide. Well done everyone involved and best wishes to Pippie and her family for a good outcome.

  • Wayne Klasen - 2012-06-11 23:38

    Our best wishes and prayers are with her and her family.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-11 23:41

    Awesome!

  • des.cider - 2012-06-11 23:48

    This is good news indeed.. technology moves on. But I bet this will not be covered by medical aid or by state medical funding! We hope that she will continue to recover.

      kenneth.roselt - 2012-06-12 14:57

      i'd put myself into a lifetime of debt if it were my daughter. would not think twice

  • bhai.noor.3 - 2012-06-11 23:53

    May Allah grant you a speedy recovery !

      Aphrodite - 2012-06-12 16:38

      Jody, Please stop your God bashing! I'm no believer either, but you have no respect for other peoples religious beliefs. WHY does it offend you so much? I think you need to take a long hard look at yourself.

  • zodwa.maqoqa - 2012-06-12 00:29

    With God victory is certain, I can imagine the restored hope for Kruger family and the world @ large. We give you the praise our dear Lord.

      Vic - 2012-06-12 07:34

      Fully agree, betha.

      michelleolivier84 - 2012-06-12 07:40

      Ja Betha and God had absolutely nothing to do with giving these medical personal the knowledge and know-how to do it right?? We should be thanking both! So very happy for this little girl and her family. Hope she makes a fast recovery!

  • Philip - 2012-06-12 01:02

    Real heart shattering stuff this!!!

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-12 01:20

    Congratulations to The medical team and to Pippies mom for researching the options and for pushing for the doctors to try it.

  • joe.ndlovu.16 - 2012-06-12 02:15

    Oooooh thank u LORD I hope it will works to give life to the helpless child and we will keep on praying

      jody.beggs - 2012-06-12 10:17

      And of course the doctors had nothing to do with it. Put credit where it is due in the doctors and science... Damn the man.

      Kaizer - 2012-06-12 10:54

      jody - you sound like a broken record. Whats the matter? Mommy didn't give you enough attention as a child?

      Aphrodite - 2012-06-12 16:41

      Jody, Did God make you a total F@#ing Moron, or are you just naturally so??

  • nhlangothi - 2012-06-12 04:12

    Give those doctors a bells:)

  • gert.barnard12 - 2012-06-12 04:54

    My beste wense aan Pippie!!! Well done, Garden City medical staff!!!

  • Tlangi - 2012-06-12 05:23

    I wish the little one speedy recovery..

  • shireen.abbas - 2012-06-12 05:43

    Fantastic news !!! Best of luck to you Pippie MAY GOD grant you full speedy recover !!! Strength to the family and great work to the doctors and team !!!

  • Fezeka Mbabe - 2012-06-12 05:43

    Praise God !!

      Azande - 2012-06-12 08:41

      Halleluya. Glory be to Him, Almighty.

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-06-12 09:24

      I cant believe that people are still so insensitive. If we wish to praise God, let us. If you dont, so be it. This is a story about a little child that got burnt, lets not forget that... Praise the Lord...

  • Lana - 2012-06-12 05:53

    Good luck to Pippie, hope her health improves day by day.

  • Kathleen - 2012-06-12 06:12

    Wonderful to have good news for a change. May God be with the family, the doctors and Pippie.

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-06-12 06:13

    Good news.Hope all goes well now.

  • Jazzy - 2012-06-12 06:35

    Wonderful.

  • reratiloem - 2012-06-12 06:36

    Thank you Lord for the team of doctors that worked on her,all the best for the road to recovery:)

  • Cindy Jackman - 2012-06-12 06:48

    Amazing how far medicine has come. Who paid for all this treatment? Speedy recovery Pippie.

  • lulama - 2012-06-12 06:49

    Good one, one few things that make me proud to be a South African.

  • Bomb - 2012-06-12 06:57

    Some feelgood news for a change. Awesome that everyone involved made this possible. God speed to her and her family during this time, may your precious daughter get well very soon. As you can see a lot of SAfricans are rooting for you!!!!!!!!!!!

  • manie.vanwyk.12 - 2012-06-12 07:00

    pippie going to be a HAPPY CHILD;; GOOD WORK,

  • Eugene - 2012-06-12 07:05

    Give that driver a bells!! 16 minutes!

  • julandip - 2012-06-12 07:20

    Unbelievable, we serve a big huge God, and now we can see, that our people in SA have heart and that Pippie lays right in the middle of it! Prais the Lord

  • mwana.wevhu.18 - 2012-06-12 07:23

    I may have been under some rock and missed how it all happened but how does a then 2 year old get 80 degree burns to her body, at a braai nogal ! Being a parent myself I suspect a bit more than 80 'degree' negligence from the parent or whoever who was suppose to care for this angle.

      Nompumelelo - 2012-06-12 07:34

      Let us not look back Wevhu. Mistakes do happen even right under your nose with 100 percent surveillance. The most welcome news is that the child's life was saved and in this unfortunate incident, we are witnessing some of the unusual advancement in medicine. Remain positive that the child recovers well.

      monica.venter.520 - 2012-06-12 07:34

      Maybe u should first look up the facts before you leave a comment like this

      LindiBleu - 2012-06-12 07:42

      oh maybe you are a helicopter parent. children are children: and accidents are called that because you cant foresee or prevent them. I'm a parent, and all I felt was her mother's anguish, bcos really how it happened is irrelevant. what is important is that a little girl has a new lease on life, and she will be fine!!

      Azande - 2012-06-12 08:43

      @mwana, the above comments sum up the reality and hopefully enlightens your view about parenthood.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-06-12 13:53

      A bottle of gel fire lighter exploded over her. Its a reminder to all us parents to be ever vigilant. Can happen to anyone. I'm so proud that our doctors have accomplished such groundbreaking surgery. Next step is to have our own skin-growing facilities so that many more burn victims can be treated. All the best Pippie, wishing you a speedy recovery xx

  • Nompumelelo - 2012-06-12 07:27

    Amazing work within a very tight schedule! Thank you to ALL who have made it possible for the op to go smoothly. We asked the Almighty to oversee the procedure and indeed, He has responded positively. My best wishes again to Pippie, her family and the healthcare team as they continue with the after op care. Thanks to news24 for the positive comments for a change! After all we are all human who are touched by news of this nature!

  • sonja.p.botha - 2012-06-12 07:33

    Praise God.....keeping you in our thoughts and prayers....So nice to hear about a miracle making headlines...please keep us updated....

      Vic - 2012-06-12 07:44

      Not a miracle, but brilliant work by the brilliant Scientists and medical teams. Let's give credit where it's due.

      Azande - 2012-06-12 08:45

      Yes, Vic, credit must be given to God for creating such wonderful and smart minds of the scientists. And also to the Scientists for allowing themselves to be used so that God's given gift, children, can be saved.

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-06-12 07:39

    We will PRAY TO JESUS TO GIVE THE DOCTORS THE HELP THEY NEED FROM GOD TO HEAL THE LITLE GIRL PIPPIE

      Azande - 2012-06-12 08:46

      HALLELUYA...

      Stuka - 2012-06-12 09:52

      AMEN!!! - Mighty Men Style!

  • Khomotso - 2012-06-12 07:42

    Good news indeed.

  • margaux.doeebrahim - 2012-06-12 07:42

    seriously thumbs down??? are you guys looking for attention or are u just plain stupid? good luck to the little girl.

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-06-12 07:44

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      Azande - 2012-06-12 08:47

      AMEN

  • hazel.benoliel - 2012-06-12 07:44

    God you wonderful...

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-06-12 07:45

    God be praised.

  • Ishaad - 2012-06-12 07:48

    May the Almighty grant Pippie a speedy recovery. At Garden City you are in good hands. Last year this time we spent 2 months at the Peads ICU with my daughter. She was given barely hours to live. She is strong and healty now. Pippie you are in our prays.

  • Earl O Tool - 2012-06-12 07:49

    good news and a happy story for a change. marvelous and a job well done.

  • Shellerjc - 2012-06-12 07:54

    Such a feel good story - brings a tear to my eyes. But why do people have to downthumb a message by any Christian, Muslim whatever? Comeone people - Stop your Crap and see the story for the happy ending it is and has.

      www.hephzibah.wapsite.me - 2012-06-12 08:07

      Those are the sick minded and troublemakers of this already sick world who only care for themselves!God bless Pippie and her family.Speedy recovery to that precious child.

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-06-12 08:07

    Amazing! Wonderful!....I cnt find much better words to express the way I feel!

  • clifton.andrews - 2012-06-12 08:18

    Chalk up another one for science!

  • ltjvrensburg - 2012-06-12 08:24

    Finally News 24 brings us a positive story! Well done!

  • mathilde.duplessis - 2012-06-12 08:30

    How wonderful! Now send some of our capable scientist to the USA to teach them how to do it here. We have the doctors, we have the labs, we just need the knowledge.

  • Stephan - 2012-06-12 08:38

    Best wishes to the Kruger family. I love a story like this and when everybody pulls together to help! GREAT!!!

  • lisa.staden - 2012-06-12 08:42

    Our best wishes and prayers are with the family and little Pippie! Well done to the team! I love good news stories!!

  • Carla - 2012-06-12 08:47

    Absolutely amazing! Wishing Pippie a speedy recovery. Wishing the family strength and courage for the recovery process. I'm sure it's not going to be an easy journey.

  • Azande - 2012-06-12 08:49

    Wonderful news indeed. I thank everyone who made this a success and most importantly God for His everlasting mercy, care and blessings.

  • Olivia - 2012-06-12 09:16

    Brings tears of joy to my eyes.

  • Johan - 2012-06-12 09:20

    Thank you ,Lord.

  • heather.andersen.946 - 2012-06-12 09:40

    These are the kind of stories that our nation needs to hear, how everyone worked together as one nation, unselfish and caring for one another!! Well done to all those involved, you give our nation new hope.

  • bleskido - 2012-06-12 09:43

    wow thanks medical practitioners for bring a smile in another child's face.

  • amelia.alexander.54 - 2012-06-12 09:50

    Pippie all of the best , that is my wish to you . This story will surely have a happy ending ( I just know it). Keep faith.