Brave Pippie: how the family coped

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ABOVE: Surgeon Radwin Mia and Anicè Kruger

Today’s the big day she’s been waiting for since that terrible night more than five months ago when doctors had no hope her daughter would survive the freak accident that had left her with third-degree burns over 80 per cent of her tiny body.

But Anicè Kruger stayed hopeful, praying and searching for solutions – until she discovered new skin could be grown for Pippie in America.

Scientists would use the little girl’s own stem cells and the skin would be grafted onto her severely injured body in South Africa.

And today, a week after the groundbreaking operation in which 29 precious patches of skin were grafted, they’ll know whether they’ve successfully attached.

“I’ve said before I feel like a child who’s received a Christmas present,” the 27-year-old mom says excitedly at Garden City Clinic in Johannesburg where Pippie (now 3) is making her way towards recovery.

YOU’s Danél Blaauw spoke to Anicè about how she and her husband, Erwin (39), handled this crisis that has tested their faith. Read more in YOU 28 June 2012.

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