Explosion survivor discharges after 264 days in hospital

Published 9:46 am Saturday, July 4, 2015

ST. PAUL — An Oak Park Heights man who survived a lawnmower explosion has been discharged after 264 days in Regions Hospital.

Sixty-one-year-old She Yan Chen was burned over more than 70 percent of his body last October when the gasoline he was using to fill his lawnmower exploded. Doctors gave him a 20 percent chance of survival. He underwent several skin grafts and 15 surgeries in all.

More than 50 hospital employees gathered Thursday to say farewell to one of their favorite patients.

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Chen’s family credits the Regions staff for his survival.

Attending physician Steven Jackson says Chen’s ability to overcome huge obstacles is a testament to his character, as well as the support he got from family and friends.