Want China Times, CNA and Staff Reporter 2015-07-05
|A skin storage room at the Tri-Service General Hospital in Taipei, July 3. (File photo/CNA)|
A shipment of cadaver skin donated by the Euro Tissue Bank in Amsterdam was expected to arrive in Taiwan late Friday to help Taiwan treat people who suffered severe burns in the fire at a New Taipei water park on June 27.
Ger Kropman, manager of the skin bank, decided to make the donation and contacted Taiwan's representative office in the Netherlands after learning of the tragedy on CNN, according to De Telegraaf, the country's biggest daily morning newspaper.
Because the burns patients are at growing risk of developing infections in the coming days, the shipment must get to Taiwan as soon as possible to help save their lives, Kropman was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Tom Chou, Taiwan's representative to the Netherlands, paid a visit to the skin bank Thursday to thank the facility for its kind donation on behalf of Taiwan's government.
Of the 495 people injured when colored cornstarch powder ignited into a fireball at a Color Play Asia party held at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in New Taipei, two have died and 211 are in critical condition, according to figures released by Taiwan's Ministry of Health and Welfare on Friday.
The number of people reported in critical condition was 27 higher than reported Thursday evening.
A total of 449 victims remain hospitalized, of whom 255 are being treated in intensive care units, the ministry said.
A patient with severed burns at a hospital in New Taipei, July 3.
(Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Health and Welfare)
211 burns patients from New Taipei water park fire in critical condition