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China 'Trafficker' Gouges Out Boy's Eyes
A six-year-old boy has had his eyes gouged out in an attack believed to have been carried out by an organ trafficker in China.
The child was found covered in blood three to four hours after he went missing while playing outside, according to a television report.
"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.
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.
It was claimed that the boy's eyes were found nearby but the corneas were missing.
Police in Fenxi, in the northern province of Shanxi, have offered a 100,000 yuan (£10,500) reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect, believed to be a woman.
Pictures showed the heavily-bandaged child being taken from an operating theatre and being placed in a hospital bed as family members stood crying by his bedside.
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.
Seven people were jailed last year when a teenager sold a kidney for an illicit transplant operation and used the proceeds to buy an iPhone and iPad.
Children's organs are usually more expensive on the black market, an organ trafficker told Sina Internet news portal in 2010, as "most people think the younger the donor is, the better the quality of organs".