‘Miracle boy’ from water park explosion goes home
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.
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.