Taiwan water park victim donates $66,000 for fellow burn patient's treatment

A poster that reads "pray for the explosion victims" at a Taipei hospital in the aftermath of the June 27 water park tragedy.
A poster that reads "pray for the explosion victims" at a Taipei hospital in the aftermath of the June 27 water park tragedy. PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI - Despite her injuries, a young female victim of last month's Taiwan water park fire has gone out of her way to help a fellow burn patient at the hospital where she is receiving treatment.

The Shanghai Times reported that Hong Kong student Teresa Yip is dipping into her own savings and college fund to donate 300,000 yuan (S$66,000) to Mr Wang Haibin, a poor migrant worker from China's Jiangsu province.

The 18-year-old Ms Yip was one of nearly 500 people injured in the June 27 tragedy at Taipei's Formosa Fun Coast water park, and suffered burns on almost 40 per cent of her body. The fire was caused by ignition from coloured powder that was being sprayed onto the crowd.

Ms Yip was subsequently transferred to Shanghai's Ruijin Hospital at the request of her parents, who reside in the city, on June 30 after initial treatment in Taiwan.

It was at the hospital that Ms Yip learnt of the plight of the 25-year-old Mr Wang, who is in critical condition after risking his life to save his neighbours from a fire in Shanghai's Huacao Town last month.

 

Mr Wang, hailed a hero by doctors, suffered burns on almost 90 per cent of his body.

Dr Huan Jingning, the director of Ruijing's burns department, told Shanghai Times: "He has so many large and deep burns they cannot all be dealt with at once, so he is in constant risk of infection and secondary problems."

Ms Yip's mother said her daughter, who is recovering well and is expected to be discharged in a month, was inspired to help the stricken worker after hearing of his deeds from her doctors.

The Taiwan tragedy has so far claimed the lives of eight people, with hundreds more still hospitalised.

Singaporean victim Megan Loy, 18, is still being treated at Singapore General Hospital after she was flown back on June 30.