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Burn center for water park victims opens

Burn center for water park victims opens

Taipei, July 14 (CNA)
A dedicated burn center for the treatment of patients injured in a flash fire at Formosa Fun Coast water park last month opened at the Banciao Branch of New Taipei City Hospital on Tuesday.
The 627 Burn Projects Management Center, named after the date of the incident, will provide follow-up treatment for the 500 victims of the fire, based on a "one patient, one project" service model, said the Yulon Group, a Taiwanese car manufacturer and importer that provided the funding for the facility.
The services will include reconstructive surgery, rehabilitation, education and employment consultations, counseling, home care, and other support services, the group said.
Yulon donated NT$16 million (US$515,000) to establish dedicated burn treatment facilities such as intensive care wards, water therapy rooms, and other equipment, anticipating that some of the victims may need years of follow-up treatment.
Also on Tuesday, Formosa Fun Coast's board of directors set up a foundation to handle donations from its members toward the general relief effort.
Meanwhile, friends and family of one of the victims, 19-year-old Liu Chih-wei, bid farewell to him Tuesday at a funeral in Hsinchu City. The funeral ceremony included a fashion show that featured designs by Liu, who was a fashion design major at Taipei College of Maritime Technology.
Liu was one of the five fatalities of the flash fire that engulfed hundreds of revelers at Formosa Fun Coast water park on June 27. The fire erupted when a colored cornstarch powder that being sprayed at the Color Play Asia party ignited, injuring some 500 people in what New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu said was the worst human disaster in the city's history.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare said Monday that 398 burn victims were still hospitalized, 265 of them in intensive care wards. Of that number, 213 were listed as in critical condition, the ministry said.
The water park has been closed since the incident. (By Tien Yu-pin, Lu Kang-chun and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-19 17:36 GMT+08:00