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