Napier girl Matisse Reid is looking "amazing" four months after receiving a double organ transplant, but could face more surgery in the next couple of months, mother Jodee says.
Mrs Reid posted a new profile photo of Matisse on her blog which chronicled her journey living with a rare chronic disease that disabled her ability to eat.
Mrs Reid said: "As you can see she looks amazing. As I keep telling everyone though, she looked great even when in severe rejection [after the transplant]. Matisse never really looked sick.
"Matisse is doing well though ... her immunity is a little better. We still have to be careful but not as paranoid as we have been."
Matisse continued to regularly visit a transplant clinic, pain clinic, undergo biopsies and medication. The next step was testing and possible surgery in June or July.
Since the transplant, Matisse was slowly beginning to eat. The transplant was not a quick fix, and she ate, at most, once a day. But the illness hadn't stopped the mini foodie writing her own food blog and cooking for the family.
The Reid family have been living in Pittsburgh for the past four years to be closer to world experts in organ transplants. But the new online photo showed Matisse was staying true to her Hawke's Bay roots. She wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the Central Hawke's Bay place name made famous for being the longest in the country.
Mrs Reid said Matisse was also keen to start learning Te Reo through an online programme, despite her acquired American accent.