Kruger recovering well

Isabella “Pippie” Kruger underwent a groundbreaking skin transplant procedure.

JOHANNESBURG - Doctors have started the long process of taking Isabella “Pippie” Kruger off sedatives.

On Monday, doctors at the Garden City Hospital removed the bandages following her skin graft surgery.

The procedure, a first of its kind in South Africa, was declared a success.

The three-year-old was given a 10 percent chance of survival after she suffered third degree burns to 80 percent of her body at a braai on New Year's Eve.

Last week, 40 pieces of specially cloned skin were transplanted onto her body.

Her surgeon Dr Ridwan Mia said, “She is doing well.”

“The idea is to wake her slowly over the course of the next couple of days. We want to reduce her dependence on the ventilator and get her breathing freely by the end of the week."

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said the medical team that performed the groundbreaking surgery on Kruger made the province and the nation proud.

Her spokesman Xoli Mngambi told Eyewitness News, “Like many South Africans, the premier is pleased and has been following the whole thing.”

(Edited by Clare Matthes)