Leukaemia-stricken boy spent his parent’s $24,000 savings on an online game

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  • A 10-year-old boy who got addicted to online games spent his parent’s savings supposedly for lhis eukemia treatment
  • The mother first noticed money was missing from her account as she settled a bill at the hospital

A boy from Guangzhou, China who was suffering from leukemia spent 150,000 Yuan ($24,000) — money his parents had saved for his medical treatment — on online games.

Tao Tao, 10, was diagnosed with leukemia in May last year. Both his parents are farmers from Guangzhou and saved the money after receiving  donations from relatives and charity groups, according to Beijing Evening News reported Monday via The New Paper.

His mother first noticed money was missing from her account as she settled a bill at the hospital. She filed a police report after discovering that someone had withdrawn 8,000 yuan on six separate instances in January alone.

After investigation, the police found out that the money had been transferred to her son’s WeChat Account.

It turned out that Tao Tao did not know online transactions involve real money and had learnt to transfer “amounts” from his mother’s account to his mobile phone account to top up “amounts” for his online games. The “amounts” were paid to several tech companies.

News of the incident spread across China and various individuals and companies, including WeChat owner Tencent, have since offered donations to help make up for the shortfall.

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