Saturday 24 March 2018

Boy (11) chops off index finger after parents scold him for 'spending too much time' on his smartphone

Boy with smart phone in bed.
Boy with smart phone in bed.

Sasha Brady

An 11-year-old boy in China reportedly chopped off his own index finger after an argument with his parents over his smartphone usage.

The child, referred to as Xiaopeng, was rushed to Ruihua Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University alongside his severed finger, according to Sina News.

Xiaopeng's mother reportedly approached the boy’s father about how their son's "excessive" smartphone habits might be negatively impacting his six-year-old brother, which led to a "stern talk" between father and son on Saturday.

The talk escalated into a row and Xiaopeng sliced off his own index finger using a kitchen knife, in a fit of anger.

"Young children have fine blood vessels, which made the operation much more difficult," head surgeon Ren Zhourong told reporters, as quoted by Mashable.

"If the operation is a complete success, the impact of this rash incident on Xiaopeng's future use of his left hand should be minimal."

Though Xiaopeng's fingertip has been reattached, the healing process for the three-hour operation will take weeks.

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