Family delighted as Celiwe goes home

2013-06-09 06:30

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The past five months have been the longest for burn victim Celiwe Maseko’s parents.

Their little girl, who sustained 35% burn wounds and underwent a skin transplant last month, is coming home.

The five-year-old from Kagiso, in the West Rand, was discharged from Garden City Clinic yesterday, where she had been treated since January 4.

Celiwe was accidentally burnt when her dress caught fire when she and her friends were playing with matches.

Celiwe’s father, Brown Maseko, told City Press that the family had been praying for this day. “The past five months have been the longest and most difficult for us as the family.

“We are happy and grateful that the worst is over and our little girl is finally coming home,” he said.

Celiwe had become part of the family at Garden City and was given a befitting farewell party yesterday.

Dressed in a beautiful pink and black barbie dress, Celiwe shone like a star.

The bubbly little girl told City Press she could not wait to go home.

“I miss being home and I miss my friends,” she said.

Celiwe’s stay at home may be cut short, depending on her assessment results at the Netcare rehabilitation hospital in Auckland Park tomorrow.

But Dr Ridwan Mia, who preformed the transplant, said he doesn’t think Celiwe’s stay at the centre will be long.

“She is a very strong girl and I think she would be there for a couple of weeks at the most. Alternatively she may be treated as an out-patient,” he said.

Celiwe was the second person to undergo a skin transplant using her cloned skin after the similar procedure on Isabella “Pippie” Kruger by Mia last June.

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