Chinese Teenager Sells Kidney To Buy iPad

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PostSat Apr 07, 2012 11:29 pm » by Flecktarn


Five people have been charged with intentional injury in China after a teenager sold a kidney so he could buy an iPhone and iPad.
The government-run Xinhua news agency said the 17-year-old boy's kidney was removed last year.
The surgeon who performed the operation is among the five arrested.
The boy, identified only by his surname Wang, now suffers from renal deficiency, or decreased kidney function.
According to Xinhua, one of the defendants received about 220,000 yuan (about £22,000) to arrange the transplant.
He paid Wang 22,000 yuan (£2,000) and split the rest with the surgeon, the three other defendants and other medical staff.
The report did not say who received and paid for the kidney.
The teen was from Anhui, one of China's poorest provinces, where inhabitants frequently leave to find work and a better life elsewhere.
He bought an iPhone and iPad, and when asked by his mother where he got the money, admitted selling a kidney.
Apple products are hugely popular in China, but are priced beyond the reach of many Chinese. IPhones start at 3,988 yuan (£400), and iPads begin at 2,988 yuan (£300).
Only a fraction of the people who need organ transplants in China are able to get them, leading to "transplant tourism" where patients travel overseas for such operations, and to a black market for human organs.
Several other suspects involved in the case are still being investigated.
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