Pippie Kruger 'doing very well'

2012-06-27 07:23

Pretoria - A surgeon says 3-year-old Isabella "Pippie" Kruger, who received a cloned skin transplant, is likely to be discharged from hospital next week.

Dr Ridwan Mia, the surgeon who attached her skin, said on Tuesday that the toddler is now breathing on her own and "doing very well".

Isabella, better known by her nickname Pippie, suffered third-degree burns on more than 80% of her body following an accident at a family braai.

Earlier this month, doctors attached the skin, which was cloned in Boston using mouse cells as a scaffold.

Pippie has now started to eat baby food and even chicken after months of using feeding tubes.

Mia says Pippie will need daily therapy in the months to come, including physiotherapy to strengthen her muscles.

  • GWsykwatcher - 2012-06-27 07:41

    Now this is the sort of news you need to read first thing in the morning!

      jacovniek - 2012-06-27 07:44

      You said it! Wouldn't it be nice if this level of health care is available to each and every South African?

      Michaele - 2012-06-27 08:45

      Jaco, You are quite correct, would it not be nice, unfortunately I do not see that happening in my life time, which I think is sad.

      Bryan - 2012-06-27 08:51

      A true Feelgood story.... Nice for a change!!

      pierre.devilliers.9231 - 2012-06-27 12:25

      @GeeWizz - doing well and living with permanent scars is not the same thing.

      Janice - 2012-06-27 15:18

      Congratulations to the Doctor, the little girl and her family, you have all been so strong, What an inspirational story with a good ending!

  • darien.wyngaardt - 2012-06-27 07:46

    If you've followed this little girls story from the start you would know that she's NOT going to be discharged next week. She was eating solids even before the skin transplant. She's started eating again after they brought her out of sedation after the skin transplants. Idiot!

      jacovniek - 2012-06-27 07:49

      Sheesh Darien... I don't think you got it all this morning.

      ken.rowe.509 - 2012-06-27 08:49

      What is your problem Darien, did you get up in a bad mood. Ag shame.

      NoNonsense - 2012-06-27 09:14

      Why be so negative!! You're the idiot!!

      Janice - 2012-06-27 15:19

      I dont think your comment is needed here darien, GO AWAY!!!

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-06-27 08:05

    The only newsworthy article this month is about little Pippie, you Go sweetheart.

      Michaele - 2012-06-27 09:03

      @Christo, Why mention the penis theme if you did'nt like it. Seems to me you miss that theme otherwise you would'nt have brought it UP.

  • stampalex - 2012-06-27 08:23

    Well done Pippie - you are a brave and incredible little girl. Well done to everyone from the labs in Boston to all surgeons, nursing staff involved and above all to your parents who have been unerring in their dedication and love. Fantastic!

  • Bernice - 2012-06-27 08:26

    What a lovely relief to read something so awesome and powerful.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-06-27 08:44

      You can say that again!

  • Mmamokete Dolly Mokawane - 2012-06-27 09:04

    is this news???

      chantypalm - 2012-06-27 09:10

      You heartless woman!!! YES THIS IS NEWS!!! anything other than rape, murder and crime is newsworthy BY THE WAY!!! I see you have a child as your profile picture... and i cant understand how this story doesnt touch your heart!!

      Jane - 2012-06-27 09:22

      Is there something wrong with you, or do you rather prefer reading about children being raped and murdered instead of overcoming a huge ordeal, you a stupid, heartless idiot!!

  • pierre.leroux2 - 2012-06-27 09:05

    Finally some good news for a change!

  • pieter.joubert.9 - 2012-06-27 09:08

    What an amazing story! With all the news about intolerance and suffering in the world, even this cynical heart turned to jelly reading about this little girl. A real inspiration!

  • Chriskoi1 - 2012-06-27 09:10

    Dank die HERE vir die WONDERWERK wat JESUS op Pippie gedoen het en steeds nog doen Prys die HERE JESUS AMEN

  • Jane - 2012-06-27 09:19

    So nice to read some good news for a change, what an amazing little girl, I do not think that I would be able to endure what this little one has been through. Wishing you a full recovery:)

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-06-27 09:44

    My heart goes out to this brave little girl, and I wish her a full recovery. What a traumatic experience for such a young girl.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-06-27 11:04

    Well done to Pippie for getting through this.I saw her plight watching with tears in my eyes when it came on the BBC website and it was really heart-rendering to watch as she laid there on the hospital bed getting her treatment.So sad,but great news indeed that she is making progress and all the best for her and her young family.Best of happy thoughts also to all the other burn victims that were shown in that BBC clip.

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  • avriltdm - 2012-06-27 11:09

    amazing !! I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people...maya angelou

  • sabiha.lockhat - 2012-06-27 11:43

    yes good news indeed!! lol by the way the surgeon Dr Ridwan Mia is so good looking;)

  • Jason - 2012-06-27 15:29

    shame all wishes to the family and Isabella for quick and speedy recovery

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