She’s making progress! Catch a glimpse of baby Mienke’s adorable smile in new video

2018-02-20 14:54
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The doe-eyed baby girl is desperate to talk in the videos, her mom says – and for the first time since her unfortunate accident it seems she’s also keen to flash a little smile.

Baby Mienke, who recently celebrated her first birthday, was rushed to hospital after she choked on her milk while in the care of her day mother in Mbombela (Nelspruit), in Mpumalanga, in August last year.

Last month her parents, Ryno and Verna Mulder, told YOU they were hopeful Mienke would smile again soon – and in this video indeed it seems a smile has crept into her eyes and the corners of her mouth are turning upward.

“It’s not yet a full smile but I think that’s not far off,” Verna told

The Mulders attribute Mienke’s progress in recent weeks to the platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment she’s been receiving.

Verna explains it involves her daughter’s blood being taken and the platelets separated in a centrifuge. Afterwards the platelets are returned to her body via IV.

It’s hoped the platelets will repair damaged tissues. This treatment has now been completed but Verna is due also to donate stem cells to her daughter so the little girl can start stem cell treatment.

“I’m donating to her but it’s quite a process, so Mienke will start the treatment only about two months from now,” she says.

“We’re seeing progress. She wants to talk and she makes small sounds. Before she would make sounds only when not happy but now she’s really trying,” Verna adds.

Verna and Ryno earlier told YOU they were hoping and praying Mienke would make a full recovery despite doctors not being optimistic about her prognosis.

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