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China promises "best possible" treatment to French nationals injured in train crash
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21:12, April 30, 2008

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Chinese Vice Health Minister Liu Qian on Wednesday promised "best possible" treatment to the four French nationals injured in a Monday train crash in east China.

Liu visited in the morning the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) where the four were being treated, brought flowers to their wards and wished them early recovery.

A high-speed train derailed and smashed into another train in Shandong Province at predawn on Monday, killing 71 and injuring more than 400.

Among the injured were four French nationals: 54-year-old Pascal Boisson, his 14-year-old son Pierre Emmanuel Boisson, 22-year-old daughter Joanne Boisson, and his girlfriend Robin Naurence, 42.

They were originally treated at hospitals in Zibo city where the trains crashed and then transferred to the Beijing hospital for further treatment. The daughter, Joanne, has been discharged.

Zhao Yupei, head of the PUMCH, said the four were admitted into his hospital at 03:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Experts from different sections then held a joint consultation concerning their diagnosis and treatment at 08:30 a.m.

The four were transferred to Beijing by a special plane arranged by the Embassy of France in China from Jinan, capital of Shangdong Province. They were accompanied by nurses and doctors on the way to the Jinan Airport.

Boisson is recovering but has six broken ribs, while Naurence suffered a broken thigh and broken ribs.

Joanne suffers a slight back injury and her brother Emmanuel has extravasated blood around his brow and bruises on his back.

The three are in stable conditions now.

When the vice minister stepped into the ward, Pascal was having his lunch of pizza, vegetable and yogurt.

"We are seeing each other again," Liu said after asking after Pascal. "I bring you again the whole nation's care and friendship. Please relax. This hospital is one of the best in China and we are capable of giving you a good treatment. If you have any request, please don't hesitate to tell the medical staff."

Taking the bouquet from Liu, Pascal said he was surprised to have the health official visit them. He said he and his family were well taken care of after the accident and he was very thankful to those who helped them.

He said he had been in China twice on business before and he liked the country very much.

Liu also asked the hospital to give all-out efforts in treating the injured and have more communications with them.

As head of the emergency medical team, Liu rushed to the accident scene on Monday and visited the injured including Pascal and his family.


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