the atmosphere

the atmosphere

Live coverage of patients and families at hospital

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Now... One-hundred-79 passengers were rescued on the day of the accident. They may have survived,... but many of them have to be treated... physically and psychologically... Let's now go live to our Connie Kim... who joins us from the Korea University Ansan Hospital, where the largest number of patients are being treated. Connie... before we talk about the survivors... I know more bodies have been brought to the hospital... **it must have been an emotional scene... what's the atmosphere like there? As you mentioned I'm at Korea University Ansan Hospital. Two additional deceased passengers arrived at around ten a.m. local time...and the funeral hall is absolutely distressing with the cries of relatives. A total of five of the dead are here in the hospital and the names of deceased are being shouted out here and there. Parents are crying out loud ... hugging each other... some saying that they didn't even have a chance to speak to their children before the vessel went down. And with endless stream of sobbing friends and families paying their respects at the hospital, Danwon High School is considering setting up an incense altar within the school. A number of the students who managed to escape the sinking ferry with their **lives are also receiving treatment at the hospital. How are they doing? Well a press briefing was held here this afternoon,... and according to the director of the hospital, there are currently 76 people receiving medical treatment here. 72 of them from high school, along with one teacher and three other passengers. He said a stress test was conducted on the students and said most of the students are suffering from moderate levels of stress, but declined to mention specific numbers. He also said depending on the mental conditions of the students, they have provided counseling sessions to both parents and students. Officials say there are students with harsh critical conditions... who cannot speak at the moment from shock. They said they will continue to provide help to students and parents....and will also cooperate with the education and welfare ministries. Thank you, Connie. That was Arirang NEWS reporter Connie Kim reporting from Korea University Ansan Hospital where many of the injured are being treated. This-- just in about two hours time.