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Doctor tells of wrenching experience treating water park victims

Doctor tells of wrenching experience treating water park victims

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) A doctor at the Cathay General Hospital said Wednesday that it was heart-breaking for doctors and nurses to see that even morphine could not kill the pain of the victims burned June 27 in a fire ignited by colored powder at a water park. C.T. Yao (???) and Chiu Tsai-lun (???), a nurse, gave a briefing on the treatment of the hundreds of patients rushed to the hospital in the wake of the tragedy when the colored powder being sprayed onto partygoers ignited. Some patients suffered 90 percent burns and Yao said it was the first time in his 30 years of practice to treat pain that could not be soothed by morphine. Treating the patients, most of whom are young, many of the younger nurses found it difficult to hide their shock upon seeing their terrible injuries and to remain calm so that they could give some comfort to the young victims, according to Chiu. She said that nearly 200 doctors and nurses were mobilized by the hospital on the night of June 27 to treat the patients being rushed in from the water park by ambulance. Yao and Chiu both praised the bravery of many of the patients who, despite the terrible pain from the wounds to their legs or feet, would struggle to walk to the emergency room from the ambulance when they saw there were not enough medical personnel to carry all the injured. Inside the emergency room, Chiu said there were touching scenes to see patients comforting one another, telling the medical personnel of their trust and gratitude, and trying not to show their pain. (By T.W. Hsu and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-29 01:11 GMT+08:00