Burn victim, 3: Doctors race against time

2012-06-11 18:03

Johannesburg - Doctors are racing against time to get the newly-harvested skin of Pippie Kruger, 3, to a Johannesburg hospital.

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

She is expected to undergo a groundbreaking operation at the Garden City Clinic on Monday night when she gets a special graft with 41 pieces of skin.

Her new skin, which was grown in a laboratory in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US, arrived at OR Tambo International Airport on 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. 
According to a tweet by Beeld journalist Pauli van Wyk, the medical courier Sonny Mysteri was completely oblivious to the big role he played in helping the desperate family. “I was just doing my job, [I'm] glad to help," he said.

  • ken.brown.946 - 2012-06-11 18:10

    All the best for her.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-11 18:12

      Wonderful news. I hope this technique works - there are many burn victims in SA.

      RangoAndEmy - 2012-06-11 18:57

      Science and Technology are fantastic may it give this little girl some hope and ease her pain.. lots of well wishes to Pippa and her family

  • ken.brown.946 - 2012-06-11 18:13

    Hope it is a success

      Jacqueline - 2012-06-11 18:30

      To the person who gave a thumbs down, may you never know the agony this child has suffered, may you never know the agony the parents have under gone during this time. May whichever God you pray to be merciful to you for the ugly thoughts you harbor.

      Squeegee - 2012-06-11 18:55

      Libratwin, the after hour trolls are out. They purposefully try to elicit a response so just ignore them.

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-06-11 18:17

    may God lend his helping hand during the whole process!

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-06-11 18:18

    This is sad, keep fighting baby

  • thebe.tau - 2012-06-11 18:18

    They should have flown the kid to boston, I mean only 3 hrs left to do all of that.

      Vic - 2012-06-11 18:41

      thebe, have you considered infection and cost?

      Barefoot - 2012-06-11 18:46

      Easier said than done

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-11 19:31

      There is private transport that could have easily flown her over that's clean, safe and comfortable and SA has proven over and over that we are a generous bunch and I and I'm sure many others would have gladly contributed to any costs. 3hrs is cutting it close, just hope the docs did their planning really well. Very nerve wrecking!

  • Trevor - 2012-06-11 18:20

    Lets turn back the hands of time..... Go doctors go...sending WELL WISHES

  • Charnelle - 2012-06-11 18:21

    Poor little bon bon, cant imagine how much pain that little body has been in.

  • PETESKEAT - 2012-06-11 18:23

    My heart goes out to this unfortunate child. Currently undergoing treatment to 2nd degree burns, I know a little of what Pippie and her family are going through and will have to deal with long into the future. My very best wishes to this little girl. To add, I have the financial means to help me through this, while so many have so little.

      Juan - 2012-06-11 19:01

      I had a friend like this at school, he got his burns exactly the same way, and it was on 80% of his body. Pippie is a very lucky girl indeed to be a beneficiary of this new science. Best wishes for her future, and hope the op goes well

  • PumaFred - 2012-06-11 18:24

    Prayers needed

  • Hugo - 2012-06-11 18:25

    salute SA doctors

  • Vic - 2012-06-11 18:33

    What a fantastic story for a change.

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-11 18:42

    My thoughts and prayers are with you tonight little Pippie. Be strong.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-06-11 18:51

    Good Luck Pippie

  • jandreleroux - 2012-06-11 19:00

    There are somethings I never want to experience, directly or indirectly. This is one of them May the transplants be a success!

  • fanie.oosthuizen - 2012-06-11 19:09

    Mooi Pippie! God is met jou en Hy werk deur die hande van die dokters! Jou ouers is sterre!

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-06-11 19:12

    I hope this story has a good ending...

  • mrp721 - 2012-06-11 19:14

    Why didn't they fly her there, wouldn't that have made more sense considering the shelf life of the new skin is only 24hrs??? I pray this is a success... - 2012-06-11 19:23

      they didn't fly her there since she is still in ICU with open wounds and bandages, thats what the transplants are for

      mrp721 - 2012-06-12 09:24

      Ok, I see now, sjoe, this poor child has been through so much already, I really hope this is a major success and that she can go on to have a normal life... Such a brave little girl... Burns are so painful...

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-06-11 19:17

    Good luck to Pippie.thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

  • rita.a.wessels - 2012-06-11 21:25

    Vir diegene wat graag die vordering verder wil volg, gaan na Pippie se mamma se facebook blad - Anice Barnard Kruger, ek volg dit al vanaf die dag wat die tragiese voorval gebeur het (31 Desember 2011) en ook duisende ander mense volg die herstel en seer proses! Dis ongelooflik hoe die Here met Pippie gewerk het deur die nodige leiding aan die Dokters te gee!!

  • Gert - 2012-06-12 07:32

    I see he did the trip from OR Tambo to the hospital in 16 minutes. That's just wow!

  • Dianne - 2012-06-12 09:09

    Best wishes - may this graft be a huge success. Thoughts and prayers are with you. xx

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