Many children, including those spending time waiting in the hospital, use video games as a way to pass the time. Tragically, a thief in New Zealand recently took it upon themselves to steal a PlayStation 4 from the oncology ward of Wellington Hospital. The donated console was used by many of the patients as a distraction during their stays for various treatments. One patient, nine-year-old Angus Little, regularly played Minecraft on this console during his weekly chemotherapy visits for an inoperable brain tumor. When asked his feeling on the theft, Little commented,“I’m angry, and pretty annoyed because it was a good distraction for me, and other kids too.”
All is not lost, though! Due to considerable donations, the hospital manged to raise more than $5,000 thanks in part to Little’s Facebook page. Alongside this money, twelve consoles and fifteen games were donated to Wellington Hospital. Little’s school, the Rata St. School in Naenae, also helped to raise money in the form of a lunchtime event. The money raised, which originally was meant to help the hospital buy another PlayStation, has now been given to Little’s family.
There is no excuse for someone to do something this cruel to a group of children, but it’s great to see how others have reacted to it. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!