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Explosion Victim Dies In Belgium Hospital, After Romanian Authorities Admit They Could Not Treat Him

A young man who suffered burns on 65% of his body after an explosion in a Piatra Neamt apartment block died in a Belgian hospital on Thursday, after Romania’s Health Ministry announced that the country is not capable of treating serious burn victims.

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Explosion Victim Dies In Belgium Hospital, After Romanian Authorities Admit They Could Not Treat Him

The victim was initially subjected to surgery in Iasi shortly after the explosion last week, with controversy appearing around the fact that he was transported by land and not by air, despite his critical condition.

He was later transported to Belgium with a C-27J Spartan military aircraft for specialized treatment.

The case caught national attention after Romanian Health Minister Sorina Pintea announced that the country has no facilities at the moment to treat patients with burns on more than 50% of their bodies.

 

Several days before the incident, Pintea announced that Romania had 11 specialized beds for victims of severe burns. After the tragedy, she added that all of the eleven beds were occupied.

The event also happened just days after the third commemoration of a Bucharest nightclub fire in 2015, which resulted in the country’s biggest single-event death toll since the fall of Communism, with 65 dead and hundreds injured. Survivors of the tragedy requested the Romanian Government, earlier this week, to establish a protocol for the immediate transfer of patients with severe burn abroad, since the country has not its capabilities to treat burn victims.

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