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Suffering 90% burns, dust explosion victim off life support

Suffering 90% burns, dust explosion victim off life support

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) A 20-year-old college student suffering from burns to 90 percent of his body has regained consciousness and can breathe unassisted after being injured in a fire and explosion at a water park in New Taipei July 27, in what doctors are describing as "a miracle." Lu Yi-ming (???), a sophomore at Vanung University in Taoyuan, was taken off a ventilator at China Medical University Hospital in Taichung Tuesday evening, plastic surgeon Lee Tsung-hsun (???) said Wednesday. "It is a medical miracle," Lee said, because it is very uncommon that a patient suffering 90 percent burns can regain consciousness within three days of being injured. When Lu was delivered to the hospital, his entire body was burned, except the place covered by his swimming shorts. The serious injuries caused compartment syndrome, and apart from that, Lu was also found to have suffered severe inhalation burns and low blood pressure, the physician said. Lu's recovery over the past three days cheered up the medical team responsible for the case, Lee said. He added that the young man can now wave his hand in response to questions. Now Lu's breathing is smooth and his blood pressure is also stable. He can now do some fundamental exercises and his lungs also have a promising prognosis, Lee elaborated. Six of around 500 people injured in a dust explosion at the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park are being treated at the Taichung hospital. Among them, two are already able to breathe on their own after their ventilators were removed, Lee said. 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's Bali District June 27. As of Wednesday, 432 people were still being treated at different hospitals around the island, 252 of whom were in intensive care wards, according to Ministry of Health and Welfare statistics. The disaster, the worst of its kind in Taiwan, has claimed one victim, a 20-year-old woman who died on Monday. (By Hao Hsueh-chih and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 02:48 GMT+08:00