6th life claimed by water park colour powder blaze

6th life claimed by water park colour powder blaze
A person helps an injured victim from an accidental explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, June 27, 2015.
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TAIPEI - Tseng fang-chin, 35, a victim of the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park explosions, was taken off a ventilator and pronounced dead in Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital's hospice facility at the behest of her family at 5:25 yesterday. Tseng is the sixth person to pass away due to the tragic incident.

According to Chen Chien-tzung, vice president of the hospital, Tseng was transferred to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital from Mackay Memorial Hospital's Tamsui branch on June 29, three days after the water park colour powder explosions; She suffered burns to around 57 per cent of her body, with the most severe burns concentrated on her lower limbs.

Tseng underwent a fasciotomy when she got to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and had gone through debridement, or the removal of dead or infected tissue, three times. She also underwent kidney dialysis. However, her vital signs began to destabilize on the afternoon of July 9, and her lungs and kidney gradually failed, with decreased urination progressing to septic shock.

Chen stressed that after consultations with her family, they agreed to sustain her life by using extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Though due to numerous septic infections, Tseng couldn't fight death and had multiple organ failures.

Tseng's younger brother, Tseng ho-chien, who was also injured in the blaze, and now is at Taipei Veterans General Hospital's ICU with burns covering more than 90 per cent of his body.

According to Tseng fang-chin's friends, Tseng grew up in Thailand and moved back to Taiwan with her family. She had a good relationship with her family and was a diligent worker who tried hard to make ends meet at home.

"So far three patients from the powder blaze are still at Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. Two of them have already received skin transplants twice and another once; currently, they are able to breathe by themselves and consume food. We look forward to positive outcomes and they are estimated to be discharged in another one to two months," said plastic surgery director Pan Chun-hao.

According to Bureau of National Health Insurance Director-General Huang San-Kuei, there are currently 388 people hospitalised due to the explosions, with 200 patients in critical condition. Six are suffering from insufficient urination, seven are receiving kidney dialysis, two are currently dependant on ECMO and 91 are receiving respiratory intubation.

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