Things are looking up for Napier's Matisse Reid who continues to make small improvements since being discharged from Pittsburgh Children's Hospital a month ago.
Last week her mother, Jodee, said Matisse's health was "pretty good".
"Her blood pressure is slowly coming down, she is having fewer headaches," and there were no signs yet that her body would reject her new organs for a third time.
The 10-year-old, who suffered from a rare bowel condition, had a double organ transplant in December.
Mrs Reid had earlier told Hawke's Bay Today Matisse was struggling with the emotional side of life post-transplant and showed little interest in her usual activities.
But Mrs Reid's latest blog entries indicated her daughter's spirits had improved.
"Matisse is cooking again. On Monday we went to the fish market and found some New Zealand mussels and squid. Matisse loves seafood and makes her own bread crumbs for her squid. Dinner prep and cooking takes her about an hour and a half but she is eating it too, which is great."
The challenge now was to get her eating breakfast and lunch, she said.
Mrs Reid was cautious about her daughter's improvements. Matisse still regularly visited hospital and required constant tests, medication and monitoring for 18 hours a day.