Mother of woman who died pleads for help for son
The mother of 20-year-old Lee Pei-yun, who died Monday from injuries sustained in a water parkfire Saturday night, has appealed for help to save her 12-year-old son who was also injured in the accident in New Taipei.
“Please save my son ... I have lost one daughter and I cannot bear to lose a son,” said the teary-eyed mother while pleading for help to have her son transferred to a hospital with a burn center.
Her daughter, the first of the roughly 500 people injured in the fire to pass away, was declared dead at 2:21 p.m. Monday at Chung ShanMedical University Hospital in Taichung, after emergency treatmentfailed.
She suffered second- degree burns to over 90 percent of her bodyand inhalation burns to 100 percent of her lungs, hospital vice president Chung Kuo-ping said.
Her younger brother, who also sustained burns to 90 percent of his body, was being treated at the Xizhi branch of Cathay General Hospital.
Lee and her brother were injured when colored cornstarch powderexploded and burst into flames at the Color Play Asia party held atFormosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei’s Bali District late Saturday.
Most of those injured were in their teens or twenties, and more than 200 of them were still in intensive care wards as of Monday afternoon with severe burns.
Lee’s mother said that before her daughter passed away, she was very worried about her brother, who had recently graduated from elementary school, and blamed herself for taking him to the party.
The grieving mother hoped her son could be transferred to the burn center at National Taiwan University Hospital, but medical authorities were working on transferring him to Taipei Veterans General Hospital.
A man named Yao Cheng-yu who was also hurt in the accident said he will donate his insurance compensation to the Lee family.
“My injuries are not severe,” compared with others who were injured, Yao said. He suffered second degree burns on the legs and the right side of his buttocks.
‘Don’t tell my family I’m hurt,’ Pleads Victim from Malaysia
A 19-year-old man from Malaysia who suffered serious burns to his face and body in a fire at a northern Taiwan water park on Saturday night appeared more concerned for his family than himself shortly after the accident occurred.
“I beg you not to tell my family that I am hurt,” pleaded Huang Liang jie shortly after being sent to Cathay General Hospital in Xizhi for treatment, according to a story in the China Times.
“Please don’t tell my family I’m in the hospital. My parents will get worried, and plane tickets are expensive,” Huang said, when learning that New Taipei authorities were going to inform his family in Malaysia that he was injured.
Of the 15 victims sent to the hospital, Huang was the only one who did not have any family members taking care of him, and that was how he wanted things to stay.
“I don’t want them to know that I have become this way. I came to Taiwan to study,” said the overseas Chinese student who attends Vanung University in Taoyuan, according to the report.
Local media reported, however, that Huang’s pleas were ignored and Malaysian officials stationed in Taiwan notified his parents of his situation. They were expected to fly to Taipei on Tuesday to be with their son.