Critical two week wait for burn victim

2012-06-12 14:50

Johannesburg - Skin cloned from mouse cells were used on a 3-year-old girl from Lephalale, Limpopo, who had suffered 80% burn wounds on her body.

Dr Ridwan Mia, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, said on Tuesday that the sheets of skin used as scaffold were stapled onto Isabella Kruger’s wounds.

Mia said the operation, which had taken place at the Garden City Clinic, was a success but doctors will only be able to determine whether the skin has taken in the next two weeks.

He said the toddler will remain wrapped in foam and protective dressing to prevent her new skin tearing or slipping.

The skin was grown in a laboratory in Boston in the US, flown over to South Africa and had to be transplanted quickly as it had a 24-hour shelf life.

Kruger was severely burned at a family braai in December.

The procedure has been used often in the US and Europe but rarely in Africa.

  • Trevor - 2012-06-12 15:07

    Positive thinking...bring positive results...amen

      Janice - 2012-06-12 15:44

      I agree, the skin WILL take, please please please take!!!

  • Susan - 2012-06-12 15:43

    Everything happens for a reason pippie and one thing you must remember is that God has very special plans for you....You are one of his little Earth Angels!!! May God bless you!!

  • shaun.cousins1 - 2012-06-12 15:50

    you are in our prayers, be strong little one God is with you!!!

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-06-12 15:58

    All of the best little Pippie.

  • vathorpe - 2012-06-12 16:02

    What and incredible kid, still smiling. Good luck with the operation

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-12 16:06

    I hope everything goes well for you Pippie,we are praying for you.Good luck to you and everybody involved in your operation.

  • Mahomed - 2012-06-12 16:21

    Only found out about this story yesterday. Really broke my heart when I saw all the pictures. I pray to god that the operation was a success and she has a speedy recovery

  • jody.beggs - 2012-06-12 17:18

    Please put credit where it is due.... Thank you doctors for your years of training and expertise , thank you god for letting it happen in the first place... Damn the man.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-06-12 17:43

    To the entire Family: We know all will go well and that your little girl will soon be healed and able to get back to doing what little girls do best..."LOOK PRETTY"

      Anthea - 2012-06-12 18:59

      She WILL be as beautiful outside as she is inside.

  • Marion - 2012-06-12 21:12

    I hope and pray you get better little angel. All our issues and problems seem so ridiculous in light of what you and your family have had to endure already.

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