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U.S. experts highly praise Taiwan's burn treatment: President Ma

U.S. experts highly praise Taiwan's burn treatment: President Ma

Taipei, July 25 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou (???) said Saturday that a group of U.S. medical experts have commended Taiwan on its treatment of patients who suffered severe burns in a flash fire at a New Taipei water park last month. The experts in burn treatment, who visited Taiwan to offer advice, highly praised the work of the Taiwanese medical staff and the government's efforts to assist the hundreds of burn victims, Ma said on his Facebook page. Ma made the comment after meeting Friday with the six-member team, which was led by Stephen Maxwell Milner, director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center. "This was the first visit by the experts to Taiwan and they were impressed by Taiwan's advanced medical equipment, techniques and the national health insurance system," Ma said. He said the people of Taiwan are very grateful for the assistance given by the U.S., Japan, China and other countries in the wake of the fire, which occurred when colored cornstarch powder sprayed over the crowds ignited and burst into flames during a party at the Formosa Fun Coast water park (????) June 27. During their one-week stay that ended Saturday, the U.S. team visited 12 hospitals to observe the treatment of the burn victims and shared their own expertise with their Taiwanese counterparts, Ma said. In his post, Ma made mention of a particular case in which the U.S. experts suggested the use of scrotal skin grafts to treat a severely burned patient. The 22-year-old patient Huang Po-wei (???) has been recovering well since the graft was done earlier in the week, Ma said. Huang suffered burns over 95 percent of his body in the fire, which injured nearly 500 people. As of Friday, nine of the victims had died and 339 remained hospitalized, including 155 still listed as in critical condition, according to Ministry of Health and Welfare. (By Kelven Huang and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-17 13:11 GMT+08:00