Last explosion victim discharged from hospital

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16 June 2005, BRUSSELS — Some 11 months after the Gellingen gas explosion, the last injured victim has been released from hospital.

16 June 2005

BRUSSELS — Some 11 months after the Gellingen gas explosion, the last injured victim has been released from hospital.

Stephane Delfosse, 37, was released from the military hospital Koningin Astrid in Neder-over-Heembeek on Thursday.

The chief-inspector of the Ath police force suffered third-degree burns to 50 percent of his body in the 30 July 2004 explosion.

He was in intensive care for four months and underwent 21 operations. His recovery was fraught with various complications, news service Skynet reported.
 
"There is now an end coming to a long battle. A hospitalisation for such a long period is unusual. Delfosse has a good will, but will still need to rehabilitate for several months," hospital anaesthetist Lieutenant-Colonel Jean Pirson said.

A total of 24 people were killed and 132 others injured in the massive gas explosion.  Some 25 of them were admitted to the hospital in Neder-over-Heembeek.

The blast, at an industrial site south-west of Brussels, sent flames into the air and was felt over a wide area. The explosion occurred as work was being done to repair a leaking gas pipe.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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