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On Monday night doctors will open three-year-old Pippie Kruger’s bandages to see how her new skin is healing, and if the landmark transplant surgery carried out a week ago has been successful.
Plastic surgeon Dr Ridwan Mia is planning to take her into theatre at about 5pm to do his assessment. This has to take place in a sterile environment because of the high risk of infection, said the family’s representative, Ilze Rabie.
Mia will then apply fresh bandages and splint her limbs again. But Pippie is to remain sedated and on a ventilator.
Mia expects to start waking her early on Tuesday, but she will still be kept on a ventilator.
Between Tuesday and Friday, doctors will gradually decrease the sedation and slowly take her off the ventilator, because of the risk of waking her too quickly and taking her off the ventilator too soon, Rabie explained.
Pippie sustained third degree burns to about 80 percent of her body in an accident on New Year’s Eve, when a flammable gel used to light a braai fire exploded.