The fact that Isabella "Pippi" Kruger is alive is one miracle. After the 3-year-old girl from South Africa had 80% of her body burned in a terrible accident last January, not many predicted the girl would survive. That a new skin graft treatment has been successful on her so far is a whole different kind of miracle altogether.
Pippi's hell began on New Year's eve when she was playing outside as her father, Erwin Kruger, readied a barbecue with a highly flammable liquid gel. As he lit the gel, its container exploded and engulfed Pippi's small body.
She screamed as her skin burned and "bubbled," her mother painfully recalled.
The toddler suffered third-degree burns on 80% of her body.
She was hit with four cardiac arrests, kidney failures, collapsed lungs and multiple infections.
What has given this little girl and her family hope is a new procedure called a cultured epidermal autograft. Although it was done more than 100 times in the United States, it had never been attempted in a country as far away as South Africa–until now.
The procedure is extremely expensive and costs $82,000 which is being covered by local medical insurance and donations to Pippi's cause gathered from the internet.
So far the skin grafting treatment has been a rousing success with 90% of the skin graft taking to Pippi's body.
If things keep going this well, Pippi could be woken up from her ventilator and be doing physical therapy next week.
We truly hope this brave and tenacious little girl is able to recover from this horrific event. We believe she certainly will!
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