TAIPEI, Taiwan - A 31-year-old woman surnamed Kuo, a victim of the Formosa Water Park explosions, was taken off a ventilator and pronounced dead at Tainan's Chi Mei Medical Center at 7:06 p.m., yesterday.
Kuo was the 10th person to perish due to the tragic accident that occurred a month ago. According to local media, Kuo was hospitalised at Chi Mei Hospital on June 28, two days after the explosion. She suffered from second- and third-degree burns, which covered around 50 per cent of her body. Her injuries were mainly concentrated on her limbs and head.
Kuo underwent several operations during her stay in the hospital, including three procedures to remove dead or infected tissue, skin transplants and fasciotomy - an emergency treatment to release pressure in affected limbs.
Four medical staff from the hospital's burn centre were responsible for changing Kuo's burn dressings as well as conducting follow-up examinations. Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te also visited the hospital on several occasions to give Kuo support.
However, Kuo had been unconscious after multiple treatments and suffered from severe infections that, along with multiple organ failure, led to her death. Her family agreed with doctors that her life support should be removed.
Kuo worked as an administrator in a real-estate agency and planned to embark on a working holiday to Australia this year, according to local media.
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou announced yesterday at a press conference that the hospital has handled 59 burn patients since the water park explosion and, so far, 22 patients have been discharged. Currently, there are still 37 people hospitalised, 22 of them in severe condition and still receiving therapy in the hospital's burn centre, but 15 of them have been moved to general treatment areas.
Doctors from the hospital are reminding patients that have already been discharged to continue with necessary rehabilitation, wound care and psychological therapy.
After patients are discharged from the hospital, the journey for victims becomes more challenging and support from family, friends and society becomes highly important when adapting to re-entering society.