Parents’ horror as Chinese boy, 6, has his eyes GOUGED OUT after being ‘kidnapped by organ trafficker who stole both his corneas
The child’s eyes were found nearby but the corneas were missing, reports said, implying that an organ trafficker was behind the harrowing attacK.
The boy was drugged and ‘lost consciousness’ before the attacker removed his eyes, state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) said on its account on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
They began a frantic search with other relatives and eventually found him screaming in a nearby field with blood covering his face around three hours later.
The kidnapper apparently told the boy: ‘Don’t cry. Don’t cry and I won’t gouge out your eyes.’
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.’
However, once the boy was rushed to hospital doctors discovered that his eyes had been removed.
The illicit organ trade in China has been triggered by the disparity between the 300,000 people on hospital transplant waiting lists and the fact that only 10,000 organ transplant operations are performed each year.
Few Chinese agree to donate their organs after death, fuelling the rampant illegal market activity.