‘Mir­a­cle boy’ from wa­ter park ex­plo­sion goes home

The China Post - - LOCAL -

More than three months af­ter suf­fer­ing burns to 90 per­cent of his body in an ex­plo­sion at the Formosa Fun Coast wa­ter park (

), Lu Yi-ming ( ) was dis­charged from the China Med­i­cal Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Wed­nes­day.

Dubbed a “mir­a­cle boy,” Lu, a 20-year-old col­lege stu­dent at Va­nung Univer­sity in Taoyuan, north­ern Tai­wan, re­turned home af­ter 102 days of treat­ment.

Lu, who de­scribed him­self as sel­dom hav­ing had con­ver­sa­tions with his fam­ily be­fore the ac­ci­dent, said his fam­ily’s sup­port helped him through his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“I am thank­ful to my fam­ily for not giv­ing up on me,” said Lu, with tears in his eyes.

Lu’s story en­cour­aged the med­i­cal team re­spon­si­ble for him and also peo­ple who suf­fered in the same ac­ci­dent. “I hope ev­ery­one can try hard to re­cover and not give up on them­selves,” said Lu.

Lu’s en­tire body was burned, ex­cept for the area cov­ered by his swimming trunks, when he was first taken to the hos­pi­tal.

How­ever, he re­gained con­scious­ness and was able to breathe unas­sisted within three days of be­ing in­jured.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred when col­ored corn­starch ex­ploded and burst into flames at a Color Play Asia party held in a drained pool at the wa­ter park in New Taipei June 27.

Ear­lier in the week, a do­na­tion man­age­ment com­mit­tee said that money do­nated to the vic­tims will be dis­trib­uted among them based on the sever­ity of their in­juries as as­sessed by doc­tors.

As of Oct. 1, 107 vic­tims of the wa­ter park ac­ci­dent re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized, with 19 still in in­ten­sive care units and 12 listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the Min­istry of Health and Wel­fare.

The dis­as­ter, the worst of its kind in Tai­wan, has so far claimed 12 lives.

CNA

Lu Yi-ming ( ), who suf­fered burns to 90 per­cent of his body in an ex­plo­sion at the Formosa Fun Coast wa­ter park, talks to the press af­ter re­turn­ing home yesterday.

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