An 18-year-old Shanghai student who was wounded in the Taipei water park blaze left Taiwan and was transported to the Shanghai Ruijin Hospital via rescue helicopter yesterday.
Teresa Yip was among nearly 500 others injured when an explosion was triggered by colored powder thrown during an event at the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei City on Saturday.
Yip suffered burns over 37 percent of her body, with 25 percent categorized as third-degree burns.
“The wounded woman started to speak and gave us a smile,” Dr. Huan Jingning, director of the hospital’s burn department, said in a Xinhua report.
The victim, whose mother is Shanghainese and whose father is from Hong Kong, will undergo surgery this week to remove dead skin tissue and will require several operations over the course of two to three months. Dr. Huan said Yip’s full recovery will take over a year.
“Teresa’s eyes were red when I first saw her after the accident; it turns out she was worried about her friends,” Yip’s mother told reporters. “We are glad she came back to the mainland for treatment. After all, it’s where she grew up and it might be better for her to recover in a place she is familiar with.”
Yip and her friends had attended the Color Play Asia party at the water park while traveling to Taiwan to celebrate their graduation.
One person was killed and nearly 200 people left in critical condition after the explosion, which was believed to have been sparked by a cigarette or stage equipment.
by Maggie Wong