Indonesian fisherman wakes from coma 6 days after bridge collapse

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Photo courtesy of Saint Mary's Hospital

Photo courtesy of Saint Mary's Hospital

Taipei, Oct. 7 (CNA) An Indonesian fisherman who had been in a coma since his fishing boat was crushed by a collapsing bridge in Yilan County last week miraculously woke up Monday and immediately heard his mother's voice via a mobile phone video conferencing app.

The bridge above the entrance to the port of Nanfang'ao collapsed on Oct. 1 at around 9:30 a.m. and crushed three fishing boats, leaving six migrant workers dead and injuring at least 10 people, including two seriously.

One of the severely injured was the driver of an oil tanker truck that fell from the bridge and caught fire. He is recovering well at Saint Mary's Hospital in Luodong, Yilan.

The other severely injured person was 29-year-old Indonesian fisherman Winanto, who sank into unconsciousness due to brain swelling, a facial bone fracture and pulmonary contusion and has been in the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Winanto woke up after six days in a coma, a representative of Saint Mary's Hospital said, adding that he will receive a computed tomography scan (CT) to get a further read on his condition.

After Winanto woke, he was visited by his relatives from Tainan, and Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) also went to see him and wish him a speedy recovery.

Winanto also joined a video call with his mother in Indonesia, during which his mother encouraged him to get well soon.

Although the fishing boat worker is not yet able to speak, he was nodding his head and making the traditional hand gesture for "OK," promising to get well soon, according to the hospital representative.

(By Worthy Shen and Evelyn Kao)
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