Chinese boy, 15, paralyzed in arm and hand after playing computer games for 22 hours a day for a month
- Year 9 student stayed at home after school closed due to coronavirus
- He spent a month playing computer games and only slept two hours a day
- The 15-year-old was rushed to a hospital in Guangxi after a sudden collapse
- He couldn’t move his arm and hand after a stroke, the doctor said
A teenager in China was unable to move his left arm and hand after playing computer games for a month.
The 15-year-old, nicknamed Xiaobin, played video games for about 22 hours a day while staying home during the coronavirus lock, his mother said.
He was rushed to a hospital in the southern Chinese city of Nanning after suddenly passing out at home.
A teenager in China lost the feeling in his left arm and hand after playing computer games for a month. The 15-year-old is shown on the rehabilitation treatment in Nanning
The 15-year-old (pictured), nicknamed Xiaobin, did video games for at least 22 hours a day while staying home during the coronavirus lock, his mother said
The event was recently brought to light by Nanning Television after Xiaobin had been treated at Jiangbin Hospital in Guangxi Province since the incident.
The year 9 student stayed at home since February after schools all over China were closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Xiaobin’s mom said her son spent most of his time in his bedroom during school closure.
When his parents asked what he was doing, Xiaobin replied that he was taking online classes.
The parent told reporters, “He closed the windows and locked the door. We had no idea what he was doing in there. ‘
The mother later discovered that Xiaobin had been playing non-stop computer games for about 22 hours a day.
She said, “I saw his online conversation with friends. He said he was not well rested and slept at most two hours a day. ‘
He was rushed to a hospital in the southern Chinese city of Nanning after suddenly passing out at home. The teenager has since undergone rehabilitation treatment at Nanning Hospital
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The teenager was rushed to Nanning Hospital in March after suddenly collapsing at home.
A stroke was diagnosed in Xiaobin after a CT scan. He also lost the feeling in his left arm and hand.
Dr. Li, a brain specialist at the hospital, said the boy’s condition was caused by his unhealthy lifestyle of playing computer games and staying up late.
She told local media, “The main reason is that he had irregular sleep and eating patterns because he was not in school. The parents also tolerated his behavior too much.
“A lack of nutrition and rest had reduced his blood and oxygen levels in his brain and caused a cerebral infarction,” said Dr. Li.
The young gamer has since received rehabilitation treatment at Nanning’s hospital.
Dr. Jin, a lead therapist at the facility, said it was difficult to determine whether Xiaobin could ever fully recover.
Video game addiction has become a prominent social issue among young people in China, with more and more young people choosing to ignore their studies, social life and family to play online games.
Many parents use the so-called ‘digital detox’ rehabilitation camps as a last resort to curb their children’s fixation on the digital world.
Internet addiction is considered a clinical condition in the nation.