TAIPEI, Taiwan - A young burn victim of the June 27 dust explosion was recently given a LeBron James jersey with the NBA mega star's autograph on it to encourage him to make a swift recovery.
The 12-year-old victim, surnamed Lee, was seriously injured in the fiery explosion at the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei's Bali District, and is currently being treated for burns at Taipei Veterans General Hospital.
He suffered burns to 90 per cent of his body and was in a critical condition. According to Lee's family, he is a big fan of James.
After learning of Lee's condition and his love for James, Taiwan's Videoland Sports TV, a licensed broadcaster of NBA games locally, immediately contacted the NBA to ask if James could do something to encourage the boy's swift recovery, according to post on the TV channel's Facebook page yesterday.
The NBA sent James' autographed 2015 All-Star game jersey within four days of learning the news. The jersey was given to Lee's family at the hospital on Tuesday, according to the post.
The NBA also encouraged Lee to recover as soon as possible so he can fly to the US to personally watch James play.
Lee's mother told the Chinese-language China Times that Lee became more conscious after seeing the jersey.
Lee's father told the newspaper that his son has already successfully undergone four debridement surgeries to remove damaged tissue to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue. He still needs to undergo six more similar surgeries.
Lee's father told his son that he needs to be strong and recover from the serious burns so that he can watch NBA games again.
The fiery explosion was at the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei's Bali District on June 27. The incident occurred at a party when a coloured cornstarch that was sprayed during the event ignited into a fireball, injuring nearly 500 people.
More than 200 of the wounded were listed as being in a critical condition. The incident has so far resulted in the deaths of three of the injured.