It has already been two months since little Pippie Kruger underwent a ground-breaking skin transplant after she was burnt over most of her body, and we're happy to report the brave little girl is doing well.
Pippie had third degree burns all over her body after a liquid firelighter exploded in her father's hands on New Year's Eve. She was confined to the paediatric ICU of Garden City Clinic for over six months after she was burnt, and was transferred to a rehabilitation clinic soon after receiving the skin transplant.
She has healed quickly, with the bandages removed a few weeks ago and the grafts healing well. She is staying in a room that is decorated with her favourite toys, and even though this sounds lovely, it's not as wonderful as being able to bring her home to visit her family.
Pippie had her first weekend pass last weekend, and spent it with her father Erwin and her brother Arno at the Melville home that mother Anice is renting until she is ready to come home permanently. She can go home every weekend as long as there are no complications, but she had to stay in the rehabilitation centre this weekend due to a slight infection.
Anice's days of looking after Pippie are long. Her daughter is undergoing therapy to help restore her motor functions after she had a stroke that affected her right arm and leg. The doctors also claim that she is brain damaged because of what she has gone through, but her mother is certain she is not. Anice told the Sunday Tribune: "If they think so they obviously have their reasons, but she will show them one day that she is not. I believe in her. I argue with the doctors a lot about that."
Pippie and Anice have a long wait ahead of them still before they can return home to the family's farm in Lephalale, as several operations are still necessary in the future, but we wish them all the best!