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Chinese boy has arm reattached after attack linked to family debt dispute

The seven-year-old underwent a nine-hour operation after a man pushed him to the ground on the way to school and cut his right arm off

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 May, 2017, 1:34pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 May, 2017, 1:34pm

A seven-year-old boy from southern China has had his right arm reattached after it was severed in an attack linked to a family debt dispute, the Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

A man sprayed a chemical substance into the eyes of the boy’s mother as she accompanied him to school on Wednesday morning, then pushed the boy to the ground and cut his arm off.

Police caught the man some six hours later, recovering the limb from him and rushing it to the Guangdong No.2 People’s Hospital for the surgery.

After a nine-hour operation, the boy was reported to be conscious, the paper said.

The man, identified only by his surname Ma and aged 41, and another arrested with him, surnamed Wu and aged 38, were involved in a debt dispute with boy’s family, according to a preliminary police investigation, the paper reported.