South African Girl's Skin Graft Successful So Far

Wed, 06/27/2012 - 6:13am

Johannesburg (CNN) -- A novel skin graft treatment appears to be working for a 3-year-old South African girl burned over 80 percent of her body in January, a spokeswoman for her family said Tuesday.

A medical team led by reconstructive surgeon Ridwan Mia spent four hours Monday night removing wrappings from Isabella "Pippi" Kruger's body, according to spokeswoman Ilze Rabie. They found that 90 percent of the skin graft--cloned in a U.S. laboratory and then rushed to South Africa last week--appears to be taking, she said.

The little girl, who was burned in a New Year's Eve barbecuing accident at home, remains sedated, said Rabie, who is representing the family and Genzyme, the Boston company that produced the cloned skin graft that's being used to treat her.

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