Australian police are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of a seven-year-old boy with diabetes who’d attended a “slapping workshop” held by a visiting Chinese therapist.
The child, Aidan Fenton, was found unconscious at a hotel in a Sydney suburb last Monday, after he and his mother had attended a workshop on alternative therapies at the Pan Health Medical Center in Sydney, the BBC reports.
The workshop, held by Chinese “healer” Xiao Hongchi, taught techniques on various types of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which are often used as an alternative for modern Western practices. This includes cupping therapy and “paida-lajin” therapy, which involves repeatedly slapping and stretching parts of the body to “draw out toxins”.
Xiao has claimed that the therapy has cured various medical conditions, including diabetes and hypertension, at previous workshops. Authorities are now investigating whether young Fenton had stopped taking insulin and was relying on the alternative therapy alone for his diabetes.
Xiao’s workshop was held from April 22-28 at a cost of 1,800 AUD (1,420 USD). He has already been interviewed by police and has since left the country, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Watch some of Xiao’s healing techniques in a video posted to his website here: