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Skin for water park victims expected from overseas incl. China

Skin for water park victims expected from overseas incl. China

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Donor skin needed to treat the victims of last weekend’s Formosa Fun Coast water park’s fire will arrive in Taiwan by Friday night, while China is to donate NT$150 million (US$4.8 million) worth of skin, reports said Thursday.
The fire, which erupted as colored cornstarch powder was thrown over a crowd at a water park in New Taipei City’s Bali District, left two people dead and almost 500 injured, with 184 still in grave condition Thursday. A total of 495 people were receiving treatment, with 41 hospitals involved in the process.
Media attention in the aftermath of the disaster has focused on the painful and long-term treatment the survivors will have to undergo. An essential element of the procedure is the continuous replacement of burned skin, a process which is not only labor-intensive, but has also exerted pressure on medical reserves of available donor skin.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare reportedly ordered 1.1 million square centimeters of skin, which according to doctors, will last two to three weeks. The skin should be used first on the head of the victims, before they could be reused later for less important parts of the body.
The use of the imported skin could help stem the loss of liquid from the victims’ bodies, while also prevent infections and assist the growth of new skin, experts said.
Skin supplied by the United States and by the Euro Skin Bank in the Netherlands would arrive in Taiwan by Friday evening, reports said, while Japan was sending two experts in the relevant procedures.
According to the Kuomintang, which asked China for help on Wednesday, the communist country replied that businesses would donate NT$50 million (US$1.6 million) worth of artificial skin and its Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits would supply NT$100 million (US$3.2 million) worth of human donor skin.


Updated : 2021-09-27 06:19 GMT+08:00