Burn vic­tims still in crit­i­cal con­di­tion drop to 98: gov’t

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The num­ber of those badly in­jured in a dust ex­plo­sion and en­su­ing flash fire at a wa­ter park in New Taipei in late June and re­main­ing in crit­i­cal con­di­tion has dropped to 98, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics re­leased Wed­nes­day by the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare.

It was the first time since the dev­as­tat­ing in­ci­dent oc­curred June 27 that the num­ber of peo­ple in crit­i­cal con­di­tion had fallen to be­low 100, the min­istry said.

As of Wed­nes­day morn­ing, 286 pa­tients suf­fer­ing burns re­mained in hos­pi­tals around the coun­try, in­clud­ing 136 in in­ten­sive care units. Ten peo­ple had died of their wounds, ac­cord­ing to the tal­lies.

Around 500 peo­ple who at­tended the June 27 party at the Formosa Fun Coast wa­ter park were in­jured when col­ored corn starch pow­der dis­pensed to the crowd ex­ploded, en­gulf­ing par­ty­go­ers, most of them in their teens and 20s, in fire.

An 18-year-old in­jured boy nick­named Ah-Hung, who suf­fered burns to 80 per­cent of his body, has been grad­u­ally re­cov­er­ing af­ter en­dur­ing 16 days of en­do­tra­cheal in­tu­ba­tion and nu­mer­ous painful de­bride­ment surg­eries. He is now able to sit up for short pe­ri­ods.

On Mon­day, Ah-Hung shed tears while ex­press­ing deep thanks to his mother for her cease­less care over the past month.

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