Pippie’s mum smiles again

2012-07-14 14:49

After a traumatic seven months, the Krugers believe the worst is over.

It’s going be a gruelling few months for little Isabella “Pippie” Kruger as she learns how to walk, stand, sit and speak again.

The three-year-old burn survivor has been heavily sedated and bedridden for seven months.

This has caused her muscles to weaken.

It is not clear if she will ever be able to walk properly, but her mother, Anice Kruger, is optimistic that her little angel will run around her home again.

She said: “Pippie has risen above the odds when everybody thought she wouldn’t.

“I know she will walk and talk again because God is by her side. She has been through worse and the rehabilitation is just a journey she has to take to full recovery,” Kruger said.

Pippie made headlines when her family made a public appeal for financial assistance to cover her medical expenses early this year.

She was severely burnt when a bottle of fire-accelerating gel ­exploded during a family braai at their Limpopo home on New Year’s Eve.

Kruger said: “We were told that she would need about R500 000 to cover reconstructive surgeries and treatment, and at the time we thought our medical aid would not pay the full cost.”

About 80% of Pippie’s body was severely burnt.

Doctors initially gave the little girl a 10% chance of survival.

However, she pulled through – thanks to the positive approach of her parents and the amazing medical team at the Garden City Clinic, who nursed her back to health.

Kruger said: “I will always be grateful to all the doctors and nurses who brought our little girl back to us.”

“If it was not for their dedication, patience and professionalism I would have lost my mind,” she said.

On Wednesday last week, ­Pippie was discharged from the paediatric ICU ward of the ­hospital where she had undergone a successful skin graft using her own cloned skin.

She was then taken to the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Auckland Park, where she is undergoing gruelling physiotherapy, occupational, speech and play therapy.

Kruger said: “I can already see some changes since she came to rehab, but she still has a long way to go.”
Pippie’s near-death experience has changed the way her parents look at life.

“It has taught us humility and never to take life for granted because you never know if you will see tomorrow,” Kruger said.

What to do when your child is burned
» If your child’s clothes catch fire, he or she must drop and roll on the floor to douse the flames

» Water or a fire extinguisher can also be used to put out the flames

» Remove tight clothing, but if clothing is stuck to the burn wound, do not remove

» For minor burns, put the affected area under cold running water until the pain alleviates

» For deep burns, cover with a dry, clean sheet and call an ambulance

» For chemical burns, wash under fast-flowing cold water for at least 20 minutes while waiting for an ambulance

» For electrical burns, do not touch the victim while they are in contact with electricity and do not move them because they may have spinal injuries

» Never use margarine, toothpaste or similar agents, as they lock the heat in and cause infection –www.scouting.org.za

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