Thieves in New Zealand have left people around the world aghast at their heartlessness after they stole a PlayStation 4 video game console from a children’s cancer ward. The initial reaction of everyone who read, or heard of, the news was outrage directed at the crooks who obviously thought their need for a gaming console, or maybe even a few dollars, was above that of the needs of a child suffering from a debilitating and in most instances a terminal disease.
The PlayStation 4 had beem a donation to the Wellington Hospital’s children cancer ward. Perhaps fearing exactly this outcome, someone had bolted the gaming console to the table it had been placed on. Many of the children in the ward spent countless hours playing games on it while undergoing their chemotherapy sessions. Kotaku reports that about 15 children would come to the center’s oncology ward and most of them passed their time playing games on the console.
One of the patients at the center is Angus Little, a nine-year-old who used to play Minecraft while he underwent his weekly chemotherapy.
“I’m angry, and pretty annoyed because it was a good distraction for me, and other kids too,” Little, who has an inoperable brain tumor, said. What really upset him was the fat tat he had built a mansion in Minecraft which is now gone.
The devastated child’s mother pointed out that the reason for the console being secured to the table it was placed on was perhaps because this wasn’t the first time a PlayStation 4 had been stolen in the facility. The fact that it was bolted to the table really should have deterred any theft. She said it is unbelievable that someone would just walk into a children’s cancer ward, take the time to unbolt the device, and take it away from these kids, some of whom had only the time on the PlayStation to look forward to.
Gamezone reports that the hospital doesn’t have a clue as to who the insensible culprit or culprits could have been. General Manager Chris Lowry said they were “extremely disappointed” anyone would steal the PlayStation 4 that was solely used to comfort and cheer sick kids up. He confirmed that the PS4 was unbolted from a cart and taken sometime over the weekend. With hundreds of visitors and patients moving through Wellington Regional Hospital each day, theft is a problem that they try their best to prevent.
But, Angus believes “good always beats bad” and he was proven right when reports of the theft hit the news media and from there went viral. The world was quick to react as the hospital has already received 12 consoles and 15 games, while the Wellington Hospitals Foundation was given $5,000. The story had touched so many people’s heart all over the world that, according to Stuff, that a man in Britain bought a console online right from his own hospital bed.
By Liku Zelleke
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