By: Wang Shwu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu
Kaohsiung, June 22 (CNA) A Taiwanese survivor of 27 hours trapped in a crevice on Uluru in
Australia returned to his hometown of Kaohsiung Monday, where he is faced with follow-up medical treatment and daunting medical costs his mother says he cannot afford.
Twenty-seven-year-old Yang Cheng-hsiao (楊成效) was admitted to Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital after landing in the southern Taiwan port city.
Suffering from multiple bone fractures to his face, chest, ribs, spine and limbs, Yang appeared frail and weak, lying on a stretcher.
His family has paid off NT$300,000 (US$9,760)-worth of medical treatment bills at Alice Springs Hospital in central Australia, but still faces around NT$2 million-worth of rescue and aerial transport charges, Yang’s mother said. [FULL STORY]