PAID LEAVE:New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu said he would tap corporate donations to the disaster victims to cover the cost of subsidizing leave pay for their family members
Date: Jul 08, 2015
By: Stacy Hsu and Shih Hsiu-chuan / Staff reporters
A 35-year-old man critically injured in the Color Play Asia fire at Formosa Fun Coast
(八仙海岸) on June 27 was discharged yesterday from New Taipei City’s Far Eastern Memorial Hospital, becoming the first victim with burns to more than 20 percent of their body to be sent home.
Chen Po-chang (陳柏璋), who suffered burns to 20.8 percent of his body, was wheeled out of the hospital in a wheelchair yesterday afternoon with burns clearly visible on his arms and legs.
Chen told reporters he was standing right in front of the main stage at the event at the Bali District (八里) water park when the explosion occurred, and that he ran so fast that he lost both his shoes.
He thanked his family and the hospital for their support, and encouraged the other victims of the fire to have faith in themselves.