Taipei, A Taiwanese paratrooper on Tuesday was cleared to transfer from a hospital in Taipei to Kaohsiung, his condition greatly improved, 10 months after being seriously injured in a parachute accident during a drill in May.
Paratrooper Chin Liang-feng from the Army Aviation and Special Forces Command was injured May 17, 2018 when his parachute failed to fully open after he jumped from a C-130 plane flying at 396 meters during a rehearsal for the Han Kuang military exercises.
A hospital spokesman later said Chin was seriously injured and in a coma, adding that the severity of his coma was level seven to eight on the three to 15-point Glasgow Coma Scale, with three being the worst condition and 15 normal.
Chin's doctors have since said he is recovering well enough that he can even walk with assistance.
As a result, he was cleared by doctors at Taipei's Tri-Service General Hospital, where he has been hospitalized since June 25, to transfer to the hospital's Kaohsiung branch, which is closer to his home in the southern city.
On Tuesday, watched by his medical team and surrounded by cameras, Chin left hospital in a wheel chair before boarding a high speed train to Kaohsiung.
As Chin waved to the press, his father Chin Tien-jen thanked the medical team for his son's miraculous recovery.
"This is a day we have waited for so long," he noted.
In a Facebook post, Chin Tien-jen said though his son faces a long road of rehab in Kaohsiung, he still sees the transfer as a positive sign and a new beginning.
"Someone told me the recovery of Liang-feng is a miracle, so I would like to thank heavens for giving me back my son," he said in the post.
Presenting an update on Chin's condition, Chen Yuan-hao a member of his medical team, said Chin has been doing well with rehab and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
The therapies have worked well as he was originally deemed nearly paralyzed after the fall and needed a ventilator to breathe.
"He can now eat on his own with his right hand, use a cellphone and write," Chen noted, adding that with assistance he can even walk.
Calling Chin's recovery very rare, Tsai Chien-sung another member of the medical team, praised the paratrooper for his perseverance and mental strength during the recovery process.
Meanwhile, military spokesman Chen Chung-chi said Chin was promoted to the rank of corporal late last year in recognition of his perseverance during rehab.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel