‘All her skin was gone’: mother distraught over daughter’s ordeal
The powder explosion at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei Saturday has injured over 500 people, most of them in their teens and 20s, and has left many parents distraught and heartbroken.
The mother of 17- year- old Hsueh Ming-chuan said her severely burned daughter was lying on an inflatable boat in the water park when she found her, over an hour after the explosion.
“All her skin was gone. Her hands were shaking ... and she kept calling for me,” the visibly distraught mother told local reporters Sunday.
Hsueh’s ordeal was shared by many who attended a party at the water park that night, when colored corn starch that was sprayed onto the crowd exploded, engulfing partygoers in fire. Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the explosion.
Because of the large number of injured people, many had to wait for hours before they could get into an ambulance.
The father of teenager Chu Li broke down in tears as he described his daughter’s injuries.
“She is in the intensive care unit at the moment. She suffered third-degree burns over 80 percent of her body,” he said.
“Her whole body is ‘ rotten’ and she is disfigured. She just turned 18,” the heartbroken father said.
Chu, a taxi driver, said his daughter told him that she was going to the water park, and when he heard about the explosion on the radio he had a bad feeling.
He said he tried to call his daughter after seeing her name on the list of injured, and when she did not answer his calls, “I knew it must be her,” Chu sobbed.
He said no one from either the organizers or the government had contacted his family in the wake of the incident.
“No one has expressed care,” he said.
A young man who witnessed the tragedy told reporters that the scene of the explosion “was like hell.”
“Everyone was screaming and there was blood everywhere. The waterway (used for inflatable boat rides) was filled with blood because everyone was dipping themselves in it,” as they attempted to soothe their burns, he said.