Family relieved after girl's skin graft op

2013-04-26 08:51
Pippie Kruger's mother, Anice, talks to Celiwe Maseko, while Dr Riedwan Mia looks on. (Denzil Maregele, Beeld)

Pippie Kruger's mother, Anice, talks to Celiwe Maseko, while Dr Riedwan Mia looks on. (Denzil Maregele, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The father of a 5-year-old Gauteng girl who underwent a cloned skin graft after receiving third-degree burns on 35% of her body says he is very happy with the outcome of the operation.

Celiwe Maseko is only the second burn victim in Africa to undergo the operation which saved the life of Isabella “Pippie” Kruger in 2011.

The operation was funded by the Pippie Gesiggie Foundation, which was set up by Pippie’s mother Anice Kruger from donations she received after her daughter’s accident last year, reported The Star.

Maseko was badly burnt in January after a friend threw a lit match on her and her dress caught fire.

Skin was cloned for her in the US and flown to SA. Since the accident, she had already undergone 18 operations and her parents were very nervous.

“We kept our fingers crossed the whole time, hoping the process would go smoothly. We are very, very happy,” said Brown Maseko, Celiwe’s father, after the operation, which was performed by a medical team led by Dr Ridwan Mia, the same surgeon who had operated on Pippie.

After the operation, Dr Mia said:  “We had a bit of difficulty in small areas but overall it was a smooth operation and a good procedure.”

The surgeon was visibly tired after the operation.

“In one week we will take a look at her again. We’ll keep Celiwe sedated over the week as it’s important that she does not move.

“Minimal visitors will be allowed as she’ll be in an isolation room, and we just hope the skin grafts will take.”

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