19-year-old boy cut off his hand because he was addicted to the internet

By Drum Digital
04 February 2015

A Chinese teenager chopped off his own hand in a bid to cure his addiction to the Internet.

A Chinese teenager chopped off his own hand in a bid to cure his addiction to the Internet.

The 19-year-old ‘web junkie’, from the city of Nantong, Jiangsu province, China, left a message for his mother in his bedroom before sneaking out of the family home with a kitchen knife.

And the teen, identified only as Little Wang, hacked off his left hand at the wrist once safely out of sight, leaving it on the ground before calling a taxi to take him to A&E, Jiangsu TV reports.

“We can’t accept what has happened,” said the boy’s mother, who declined to be identified. “It was completely out of the blue. He was a smart boy.”

Incredibly, surgeons at a local university hospital managed to reattach the hand after police recovered it, but said they couldn’t guarantee that full mobility would return.

There are an estimated 24 million so-called ‘web junkies’ in China and a number of boot camps set up to combat addiction.

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