Teenager is left with fractured skull and hearing loss after being smacked by his roommate ‘for snoring too loudly’
- Ma Guorui, from China, said one of his roommates hit his head as he slept
- 15-year-old claimed he had been warned not to snore before the beating
- The teenager was diagnosed with a fractured skull and a deafened left ear
A Chinese student is critically injured after he was allegedly hit by one of his roommates for snoring too loudly during sleep.
The 15-year-old, named Ma Guorui, said he had been smacked hard in the head by the roommate during his sleep, reported the People’s Daily Online.
Ma, from Yan’an, central China’s Shaanxi Province, was diagnosed with a fractured skull as well as hearing loss in the left ear after his parents took him to the hospital the next day.
Severely injured: Ma Guorui (picture) suffered a fractured skull and hearing loss after being hit by roommate
Ordeal: The 15-year-old from China claimed he had been beaten because his roommate didn’t like him snoring
Ma, who is a grade one student at the Affiliated Middle School to Yan’an University and shares a room with 12 other pupils, spoke about his ordeal to Chinese media this week.
According to his accounts, the incident took place at around 11pm on April 17.
Ma said that night one of his roommates had warned him not to snore. Then he went to bed as usual.
During his sleep, Ma woke up to a hard smack on the head from the same roommate, which led him to feel extremely painful in the skull, the teenager claimed.
Ma added that he threw up twice during that night and had to take sick leave the next day.
Ma’s father, Ma Yanchun, told a reporter that the school called his wife on the same day saying their child was getting too ill.
He was immediately taken home by his mother.
Ma’s father said: ‘After he got home, he appeared to lack energy. He complained that his head hurt and he wanted to sleep.
Ma’s family took him to the People’s Hospital in Yan’an on April 19 and reported the case to the local police.
Helpless: Medical treatment has cost his family around 150,000 Yuan (£15,800) and his family couldn’t afford it
After a CT scan, Ma was diagnosed with a fracture in the temporal bone on the left side of his head.
He also suffered from hearing loss in his left ear.
Ma was given a craniotomy by the doctors, which means they temporarily removed a ‘flap’ of bone from the skull in order to reach the brain.
Ma’s father said he and his wife are devastated that their son had to go through such hardship.
He said his teenager’s recovery was not going well and he still couldn’t hear with his left ear.
According to Ma Yanchun, the treatment has cost his family around 150,000 Yuan (£15,800).
He said though the school had covered 100,000 Yuan, he and his wife could not pay the rest.
He added he had tried to contact the family of the roommate who had beaten his son, but was not able to get a reply.
The case is being investigated by the Talin Police Station of Yan’an.