The little boy was snatched while playing outside his home in Linfen, Shanxi Province, China on Monday. His parents began a frantic search with relatives and around three/four hours later the father found him screaming in a nearby field with blood covering his face . The boy’s father said: ‘We didn’t notice his eyes were gone when we discovered him. We thought he fell down from high and smashed his face.’ The child’s eyes were found nearby but the corneas were missing, reports said, implying that an organ trafficker was the attacker. The Police have offered a 100,000 Yuan ($16,000) reward for information leading to the arrest of the sole suspect, who they said was a woman.
A report showed the heavily bandaged boy being taken from an operating theatre and placed on a hospital bed, writhing in agony as family members stood at his bedside crying. ‘He had blood all over his face. His eyelids were turned inside out. And inside, his eyeballs were not there,’ his father said. The boy was drugged and “lost consciousness” before the attacker removed his eyes, state broadcaster China Central Television said on its account on Sina Weibo.
The kidnapper had apparently told the boy: ‘Don’t cry. Don’t cry and I won’t gouge out your eyes.’ More than 300.000 are on the hospitals official waiting lists in China, but only about 10.000 organ transplants are carried out each year. Few Chinese agree to donate their organs after death, fuelling the rampant illegal market activity. In December last year, a Chinese surgeon and six accomplices were jailed for illegal organ trading and intentional injury after a 17-year-old boy sold them his kidney to buy an iPad and iPhone. Song Zhongyu performed the back-street operation on the 17-year-old schoolboy, identified only as Wang, who agreed to part with the organ in exchange for gadgets worth around £1,900.
Sources for this article:
- China to stop taking inmates’ organs (bbc.co.uk)