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Hospital holds 'rebirth' celebration for burn victims

Hospital holds 'rebirth' celebration for burn victims

Taipei, Aug. 17 (CNA) Tri-Service General Hospital (?????) held a party on Monday to celebrate the rebirth of patients badly burned in a water park disaster in June, giving them a chance to share their ordeals over the past two months. The hospital decided to hold the celebration on Monday as eight of the 61 burn victims the hospital has been treating were being discharged after undergoing painful surgical procedures and other treatments for nearly two months. A teary-eyed Kuo Hsiu-ming (???), a 23-year-old man who suffered burns over 40 percent of his body, thanked hospital workers and his family and said that although he suffered great pain, he still felt grateful because other victims remain in critical condition. His 19-year-old brother Kuo Chin-wei (???), who suffered burns over 10 percent of his body, said the stay in the hospital was not difficult because doctors and nurses treated him like a friend. Cheng Chih-hsuan (???), a student from Taipei Medical University who wore a pressure suit on both of her legs, recalled the incident, saying she was conscious at the time of disaster and called her mother in Hualien County. She suffered burns to 25 percent of her body. Kuo Chun-yu (???), a volunteer in the Navy who suffered burns to 34 percent of his body and an inhalation injury, wore a pressure suit over his entire body during the celebration. Because he could hardly speak, his mother expressed her gratitude and told reporters how touched she was when her son stood up for two seconds during rehabilitation. She said going through rehabilitation is a hard and painful process, but she encouraged patients to look on the bright side and overcome the pain, believing that they will cherish life even more after the disaster. Prior to Monday's event, 31 of the burn victims being treated by the hospital had already been discharged or transferred to other hospitals, according to Chen Shyi-gen (???), the head of surgery at Tri-Service General Hospital. Nearly 500 people were injured, most of them suffering burns, when colored powder dispensed at a "Color Play Asia" party at the Formosa Fun Coast water park (????) in New Taipei exploded and burst into flames on June 27. Eleven of the victims have since died and 263 of them remained hospitalized, with 105 of them in intensive care units and 75 of them in critical condition as of Aug. 13, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare's latest report. Family members of the victims also expressed their gratitude to hospital workers at the celebration and encouraged their children to overcome great pain with perseverance as they continue to rehabilitate from their injuries. (By Lung Pei-ning and Maria Tsai )


Updated : 2021-09-25 08:19 GMT+08:00