Man burned in Taiwan blaze happy to be ‘pretty independent’

The Washington Post
By Kathy McCormack

CONCORD, N.H. — It happened in a moment: The colored powder sprayed over a crowd

In this photo taken Wednesday Dec. 2, 2015 Alex Haas plays with his dog Charlie at his home in Mont Vernon, N.H. This past summer Haas received burns over 90 percent of his body at a Taiwan water park. (Jim Cole/Associated Press)

In this photo taken Wednesday Dec. 2, 2015 Alex Haas plays with his dog Charlie at his home in Mont Vernon, N.H. This past summer Haas received burns over 90 percent of his body at a Taiwan water park. (Jim Cole/Associated Press)

partying at a Taiwan water park ignited and engulfed hundreds — including a New Hampshire man who moved there to teach English — in flames.

Now, five months after he suffered burns over 90 percent of his body and prospects for his survival were grim, Alex Haas has made remarkable strides in his recovery: He can shower by himself, cook and even take care of the family dog.

“I’m just happy I can be pretty independent,” the 27-year-old told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his home in Mont Vernon.

Just a month ago, Haas had difficulty walking, sitting and standing. But that was a vast improvement from June, when his family rushed to his bedside after the horrific explosion that left at least 12 dead and more than 500 injured.     [FULL  STORY]

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