Monday, 9 April 2012
TEENAGER WHO SOLD HIS KIDNEY ONLY TO PURCHASE AN IPAD NOW HAS RENAL FAILURE
The teenager in southern China who reportedly sold a kidney so he could afford an Apple iPhone and iPad has developed some complications as a result of that ‘adventure’. The teen, identified only as Wang, is from Anhui, one of the country’s poorest provinces, and is now suffering from renal deficiency or kidney failure.
Five people who had a hand in the 17-year-old’s surgery are charged with intentional injury, the government-run Xinhua News Agency said on Friday.
After a surgeon removed the kidney last April, Wang bought the iPhone and iPad, and returned home to his mother. When she asked him where he’d gotten the money to make the purchases, he admitted to selling a kidney.
In China, Apple products are incredibly popular, but more expensive than they are in the U.S. The price of iPhones starts at 3,988 yuan ($633) and iPads start at 2,988 yuan ($474), according to Reuters.
One of the defendants was paid 220,000 yuan (about $35,000) to arrange the transplant. He gave Wang 22,000 yuan (about $3,500) for the organ, and split the rest with the surgeon, medical staff and three other defendants, Xinhua reports.