A Chinese teenager has been rushed to hospital after chopping off his hand
in a desperate attempt to cure his addiction to the internet.
Hoping to rid himself of the vice, one 19-year-old from the city of Nantong
in Jiangsu province took drastic measures of his own. According to a report on
the Jiangsu TV channel, he hacked his left hand off.
His mother, who declined to be identified, told reporters, "We cannot accept
what has happened. It was completely out of the blue. He was a smart boy."
The woman said she had gone to her son's bedroom at around 11pm last
Wednesday. She found a handwritten note on the bed in which he should have been
sleeping. "Mum, I have gone to hospital for a while. Don't worry. I will
definitely come back this evening," it read
By then, her son, who was identified only as 'Little Wang' had already
smuggled a kitchen knife from their home and snuck out. Safely out of sight,
the teenager severed his left hand at the wrist. He called a taxi to take him a
nearby A&E and left the hand lying on the ground.
Local television broadcast gory images of a bloodstained bench on which the
boy had reportedly been sitting when he cut off his hand. There are currently an estimated 24 million young 'web junkies' in China
according to official estimate.