Date
26 March 2017
Chan Hiu-yin (inset) is expected to make a full recovery from injuries she suffered in a fire at a Taiwan fun park. Photos: Xinhua, now.com
Chan Hiu-yin (inset) is expected to make a full recovery from injuries she suffered in a fire at a Taiwan fun park. Photos: Xinhua, now.com

Taiwan fireball victim returns to HK, expected to recover

An 18-year-old victim in Saturday’s deadly fire in a Taiwan fun park has returned to Hong Kong and taken straight to Prince of Wales Hospital.

Chan Hiu-yin is in intensive care but doctors expect a full recovery in three months.

SkyPost is reporting that Chan is already embroiled in an insurance dispute after her father denounced AIA for supposedly making it difficult to repatriate her.

He accused the insurer of forcing him to sign “unreasonable waivers” before she could be flown back on a medical flight on Wednesday.

Jimmy Poon, chairman of the General Insurance Council, said a disclaimer is a must before transporting an injured person by air for any unexpected situation.

Whether transport is covered depends on the client’s insurance policy and the severity of the injury, he said.

A spokesman for International SOS, a medical assistance company, said authorization is required from the patient’s family before cross-border transport can take place.

Chan had traveled to Taiwan with two friends as part of a graduation trip.

The two were flown to Hong Kong and Shanghai on Monday. 

Meanwhile, two other victims from Hong Kong, a 19-year-old student surnamed Mo and a 25-year-old surnamed Chow, remain hospitalized in Taiwan.

Mo suffered burns in 65 percent of her body. Nearly half of Chow’s body was severely burned.

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