Monday, July 16, 2012

Emma: Fitness Shoot

Emma is a friend of mine, who works as a TV-journalist in Johannesburg. She decided this year that she wanted to do the grueling Ironman Triathlon. She trained very hard and got ready within 5 months. The Ironman consists of 3,8 km swim in the ocean,followed by 180,2 km cycling and a marathon of 42,2 km!

The Ironman is a race that's hard on the body and it took a lot of commitment in preparing for this race.

Two months later I asked her for a photo-shoot, because she is in tip-top shape and this kind of preparation must be respected.

Well done Em.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Kids visit Pippie Kruger

Yesterday we went to visit Pippie Kruger (3) where she is busy recovering at a Netcare Rehabilitation Clinic in Auckland Park after she was burnt over 80% of her body.

Dr. Alan Barrett, his wife Erika and two daughters, Kailey (11) en Jennifer (14), came to visit Pippie. Dr. Alan works for Gen­zyme SA and worked with the doctors in Boston, America when they were cloning Pippie's skin for the operation.

It was quite an emotional experience.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Cops and robbers in Lenasia

Four robbers targeted Lenasia, South Africa yesterday. Police responded and a firefight broke out. Cops shot one suspect dead. One cop was wounded and taken to hospital. One robbers committed suicide after he was cornered by Police. The Police then began searching house after house and caught one of the suspects where he was hiding in an outside tiolet. He was arrested but the people of Lenasia wanted his blood. So out of the four suspects, only one got away. Good work by Police and local community Crime initiatives.

My pics:

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pippie Kruger admitted to rehabilitation centre

Johannesburg - Burn victim Isabella "Pippie" Kruger was released from hospital on Wednesday, her doctor Ridwan Mia said.

"Pippie is not going home, but she's been admitted to a Netcare rehabilitation centre in Auckland Park in Johannesburg."

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.