A seven-year-old boy slammed 27 times at judo is now fighting for his life in a coma.
Shocking video footage of the incident shows young Wei Wei, as he is known, vomit and scream for the so-called training to stop.
Even if he pulls through, the seven-year-old from Taiwan is expected to remain in a vegetative state after suffering a severe brain haemorrhage.
Little Wei Wei, which is his nickname, was a complete Judo beginner having convinced his parents to let him try out a new sport just two weeks earlier.
An older classmate followed the coach’s instructions to repeatedly throw Wei Wei onto a mat, ignoring his desperate pleas for rest. the Mirror reports.
In a clip of the Judo class, now circulating online, Wei Wei can be heard screaming “my leg”, “my head” and “I don’t want it!”
When Wei Wei appears too weak to get back on his feet as ordered, the coach picks him up and throws him several more times.
At one point, the child vomits, but the “training” doesn’t stop.
The small boy eventually passed out and was taken to a hospital where doctors found he had suffered severe brain haemorrhaging.
He is now in a coma and on life support.
His mother told the BBC: “I still remember that morning when I took him to school. He turned around and said, ‘Mama goodbye’. By night, he had become like this.”
The coach, who is in his late 60s and identified only as Mr Ho, has been detained for investigation on suspicion of negligence causing serious injury.
He has denied any wrongdoing, according to the Taichung District Court.
A district prosecutor initially released him following questioning, accepting his explanation that what had happened to Wei Wei was part of “normal training”.
The child’s family held a news conference after his release, and the court subsequently said there was evidence to suspect the coach might have committed a serious crime.
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They added that there was also a risk of collusion with witnesses, so it granted a prosecution request to place him in incommunicado detention – where he is denied contact with anyone except his lawyer.
Wei Wei’s family say they can’t understand how the coach could have treated their child this way and are determined to “seek justice”.
They claim the coach initially told Wei Wei’s uncle that he was faking unconsciousness and later told his father that Wei Wei intentionally fell hard on the mat.
His parents remain by his bedside and although doctors say his chances of survival are slim they say they are praying for a miracle.
Mr Huang, Wei Wei’s father said: “When I visit him at hospital, I talk to him.
“I want Wei Wei to hear that we are waiting for him to wake up.”