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Johns Hopkins Burn Center Team Visits Taiwan to Aid Survivors of Theme Park Fire

A team from the Johns Hopkins Burn Center flew to Taipei, Taiwan, on July 17 to provide medical care to survivors of the recent disaster at the Formosa Fun Coast water park. The fire occurred when colored powder ignited at a concert at the park last month. Nearly 500 people were burned from the explosion.

The group, led by Stephen Milner, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center and professor of plastic and reconstructive surgery, also included Christina Catlett, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine; Kevin Gerold, D.O., J.D., associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine; Denver Lough, M.D., plastic and reconstructive surgery resident; Linda Ware, director of burn rehabilitation services; and Theresa Lynch, RN, a critical care and burn nurse. They traveled from Los Angeles on the presidential plane with Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou.

“It was a memorable exchange for many reasons, and we hope our effort will help in the recovery of these brave young people who are receiving excellent care from their own medical staff,” says Dr. Milner. The Johns Hopkins Burn Center team visited 12 hospitals across the country, and worked with the Taiwanese medical teams on surgeries, rehabilitation, critical care and nursing techniques.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Health and Welfare and medical specialists have expressed a desire for continued collaboration. 

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