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Pippie leaves hospital

Isabella ‘Pippie’ Kruger has taken the next step in her journey on Wednesday morning.

Isabella Pippie Kruger at Garden City Hospital, 4 July 2012. Picture:Andrea van Wyk/EWN.
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JOHANNESBURG - Isabella ‘Pippie’ Kruger, who underwent historic skin graft surgery over three weeks ago, has been discharged from the Garden City Hospital.

The three-year-old will then be taken to a rehabilitation facility for further therapy.

There was a lot of commotion and excitement at Garden City, as Kruger was prepared to leave the hospital where she spent the past few months.

Her family and doctors described the day as a miracle, as she was only given a 10 percent chance of survival, after she sustained third degree burns to 80 percent of her body, following groundbreaking skin graft surgery in which specially cloned skin was transplanted onto her body.

She was later taken to a rehabilitation facility by ambulance where she was due to receive intensive physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

Around 40 pieces of specially cloned skin was flown in from the United States.

The cloned skin had a 24-hour shelf life and was rushed to Garden City Hospital after a 21-hour flight from Boston in June.

The skin was transplanted to her back, face, chest, arms and legs, which Doctor Ridwan Mia confirmed was a complicated procedure.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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