Taiwanese boy thrown 27 times during Judo lesson dies after 70-day coma

The boy lost consciousness halfway through.

Ashley Tan | June 30, 2021, 03:47 PM

A seven-year-old Taiwanese boy who slipped into a coma after being thrown on the ground multiple times during a Judo lesson had passed away on Tuesday, June 29.

His parents had made the decision to take him off life support after 70 days, the BBC reported.

This was after doctors at Fengyuan Hospital, where Huang was hospitalised, noticed that his blood pressure and heart rate levels were dropping.

According to Taipei Times, the Judo coach, surnamed Ho, has been charged with physical assault resulting in serious injury and using a minor to commit a crime.

Ho has been detained since April after the start of investigations.

On June 5, he was released on bail of NT$100,000 (S$4824.28).

Taipei Times reported that Huang's mother was enraged that the coach had walked out of detention while her son was, at the time, still "fighting for his life in the hospital".

Coach was unlicensed

Huang was severely injured during his Judo lesson in April earlier this year.

The boy appeared to be feeling unwell and complained of being nauseated during his Judo training.

When Huang's uncle voiced this out to Ho, Ho brushed it off, attributing the boy's nausea to an overly filling meal.

Ho then allegedly instructed two boys to practice their throws on Huang, despite the latter pleading repeatedly for the coach to stop.

Huang was thrown to the ground about 27 times.

After the sixth or seventh throw by the coach, Huang lost consciousness. However, Ho accused Huang of faking unconsciousness.

When Huang was later taken to the hospital, doctors pointed out that he had suffered a brain haemorrhage, and his injuries were equivalent to those of having been hit by a car.

His family initially wanted to let go of his life support, but were encouraged by Huang's vital signs.

According to Focus Taiwan, it was revealed that Ho did not have a coaching license issued by the Chinese Taipei Judo Federation.

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