There is a lesson in there for the rest of us.
FILE PIC. Mother Anice Kruger places a hand on the head of daughter Pippie Kruger at a press conference at the Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Auckland Park on Thursday 12 September 2012. Photo: Johann Hattingh/Citizen
Religious people – and even some nonbelievers – often like to say that life is not a brutal arbitrary collection of incidents and that things happen for a reason.
We would not go as far as to say that Pippie Kruger’s ordeal by fire was preordained, but there is no doubt that the brave little girl – and her mom – can play a vital role in being an inspiration to people in awful situations and can be those who bring hope to a country where hope is in short supply.
It is amazing to think that it is almost 10 years since Pippie made headlines after she was gruesomely burnt over 80% of her body when flammable gel caught fire and engulfed her.
She should have died. She didn’t. Whether that is a miracle or merely proof that terrible stories can have happy endings – we’ll leave for you to decide.
Pippie’s mother Anice, who has been through an emotional wringer, would do it all again, because it has been such an enriching experience.
She sees a growing, determined, young girl who is strong and, despite her suffering, always thinks of others.
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