|Shanxi child savaged and eyes removed
A six-year-old boy in China has been blinded after an attack in which his eyes were gouged out. Reports said the attack that may have been carried out by a ruthless organ trafficker.
Family members found the boy covered in blood some three to four hours after he went missing while playing outside, according to a television report posted online, AFP reports.
The child's eyes were found nearby but the corneas were missing, reports said, implying that an organ trafficker was the attacker.
Police offered a 100,000 yuan reward for information leading to the arrest of the sole suspect, who they said was a woman.
“He had blood all over his face. His eyelids were turned inside out. And inside, his eyeballs were not there,'' his father told Shanxi Television.
Its report showed the heavily-bandaged boy being taken from an operating theater and placed on a hospital bed, writhing in agony as family members stood at his bedside weeping.
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.
Internet users were outraged by the attack on the boy – who had a cleft palate – in Fenxi, in the northern province of Shanxi on Monday.
“This is extraordinarily vicious,'' said one Sina Weibo user. “How and why could someone be so cruel?''
“A truly tragic boy,'' said another posting.
About 300,000 patients in China need transplants each year, but only about 10,000 people can get them due to a lack of donors, state media said.