A Johns Hopkins burn unit team was part of the massive effort to treat hundreds of victims in Taiwan after a massive fire was sparked by colored corn powder spewing from the stage during a rap performance in a popular waterpark.
The fire in June, which made international news, left 510 burn victims, including 24 who suffered injuries on more than 80 percent of their bodies and 257 on more than 40 percent. An American was one of the victims.
Three weeks after the June incident, a group of Hopkins medical personnel, led by Stephen Milner, director of the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, organized a team to assist the overwhelmed doctors in Taiwan. They decided to volunteer after being contacted by the Tawainese embassy and local nurses. The team included three specialized burn doctors, one emergency room doctor, a burn unit nursing coordinator and a senior burn rehab specialist.
The team will talk about their experience at an event in Washington, D.C., on Friday.