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Nagasaki survivor dies aged 98

Nagasaki survivor dies aged 98

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Retired Taiwanese medical doctor Wang Wen-chi (???), who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan in 1945, has died at the age of 98. Wang died of sepsis at his home in Chiayi City, southern Taiwan on Jan. 27 after surgery to treat an inflamed bile duct, his family said. Wang was a young Taiwanese physician in Nagasaki when the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan by the United States during World War II exploded just 700 meters from the hospital where he was working as an intern. He was badly injured, but was rescued and treated, so that he recovered to a state that allowed him to fly back to Taiwan the year after the bombing. Dubbed as a miracle, Wang lived on in good health, without signs of radioactivity-caused sequelas. He fathered seven healthy children. His son Wang Po-tung said his father had escaped death twice -- the first time in Nagasaki and the second time in Taiwan in 1947, when an anti-government uprising led to the Feb. 28 massacre. "We didn't expect him to succumb to his illness," Wang Po-tung said. "After all, he had cheated death twice." (By Jiang Chun-liang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 05:58 GMT+08:00