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Miracle survivor of water park fire discharged from hospital

Miracle survivor of water park fire discharged from hospital

Taipei, Oct. 15 (CNA) A college student who suffered burns to 85 percent of his body in a flash fire at Formosa Fun Coast water park (????) in New Taipei more than three months ago was discharged from hospital Thursday. After 111 days in hospital, Lin Chi-yu (???) said, he was very happy to be going home and was grateful to the doctors who helped him escape death. Doctors at Taipei Medical University Shuang Ho Hospital (????) where the 21-year-old was treated said his survival was a miracle, as he was admitted with burns to 85 percent of his body and fell into a coma two weeks later. While he was in the coma, Lin developed compartment syndrome, a painful condition that occurs when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels, according to Huang Ming-teh (???), the hospital's deputy superintendent. Doctor Chang Meng-tzung (???) said the most difficult period for Lin was the first four weeks in hospital but he overcame it well. Not once did Lin cry during the entire time he was hospitalized, Chang said, adding that Lin was the strongest patient he had ever treated. "It's a miracle to survive burns to 85 percent of the body," the doctor said. Lin said he hopes to return to school soon and visit the United States one day to watch Jeremy Lin (???) play basketball. He was one of hundreds of people injured in the flash fire that occurred when colored cornstarch exploded at a Color Play Asia party, which was being held in a drained pool at the water park in New Taipei June 27. (By Justin Su and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-28 04:21 GMT+08:00