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."
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.