The 3-year-old girl is still recovering after undergoing groundbreaking skin-graft surgery at Johannesburg’s Garden City Hospital last month.
Sheets of skin, cloned from a sample taken from her body, were grown in a laboratory in the US. The skin was then flown to South Africa were doctors successfully attached it.
It was the first time this type of advanced skin graft had been performed in Africa.
Pippie sustained burns to about 80% of her body when a gel lighter exploded at a New Year’s braai.
For the next six months, she would undergo physio, speech, and occupational therapy.
“I am positive she’ll continue to do well. She’s improved a lot since the surgery and even her parents are pleased with her progress,” said Mia.