Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Mother of girl who died from burns pleads for help to save son

Mother of girl who died from burns pleads for help to save son

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The mother of 20-year-old Lee Pei-yun (???), who died Monday from injuries sustained in a water park fire Saturday night, has appealed for help to save her 12-year-old son who was also injured in the accident in New Taipei. "Please save my son.....I have lost one daughter and I cannot bear to lose a son," said the teary-eyed mother while pleading for help to have her son transferred to a hospital with a burn center. Her daughter, the first of the roughly 500 people injured in the fire to pass away, was declared dead at 2:21 p.m. Monday at Chung Shan Medical University Hospital in Taichung, after emergency treatment failed. She suffered second-degree burns to over 90 percent of her body and inhalation burns to 100 percent of her lungs, hospital vice president Chung Kuo-ping (???) said. Her younger brother, who also sustained burns to 90 percent of his body, was being treated at the Xizhi branch of Cathay General Hospital. Lee and her brother were injured when colored cornstarch powder exploded and burst into flames at the Color Play Asia party held at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park (????) in New Taipei's Bali District late Saturday. Most of those injured were in their teens or twenties, and more than 200 of them were still in intensive care wards as of Monday afternoon with severe burns. Lee's mother said that before her daughter passed away, she was very worried about her brother, who had recently graduated from elementary school, and blamed herself for taking him to the party. The grieving mother hoped her son could be transferred to the burn center at National Taiwan University Hospital, but medical authorities were working on transferring him to Taipei Veterans General Hospital. A man named Yao Cheng-yu (???) who was also hurt in the accident said he will donate his insurance compensation to the Lee family. "My injuries are not severe," compared with others who were injured, Yao said. He suffered second-degree burns on the legs and the right side of his buttocks. (By Liao Ren-kai, Wu Che-hao and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-24 17:43 GMT+08:00