A 17-year-old high school student sold his kidney so he could buy an iPhone and the latest generation of iPads, reports the official news agency Chine Nouvelle.
A 17-year-old high school student by the name of Wang only confessed to his mother that he had sold one of his kidneys so he could afford an iPhone and an iPad. Stunned by the revelation of her son, the latter decided to file a complaint with the local police. Wang’s mother accuses the transplant organizers of influencing and swindling her son.
Five people were charged with intentional Chenzhou injury for arranging the kidney’s kidney transplant, the news agency said. Among the suspects are a surgeon, a hospital provider and two intermediaries who allegedly searched for donors on the Internet and rented the operating room.
The surgeon He Wei was paid 220,000 yuan (about 26,000 euros; 35,000 dollars) for the transplant, gave 22,000 (2,660 euros; 3,500 dollars) to the young man and shared the rest with his co-accused and the medical staff. involved in the operation, according to Xinhua.
This is not the first time that local news agencies have revealed that Chinese people can have recourse to the sale of their kidney to be able to buy Apple products. Last month, the Southern Daily reported that there have been other cases of people who have sold one or both kidneys or have seriously considered doing so to pay off debts, buy a smartphone, or pay for their partner's abortion.
Last year, a Chinese woman said she said she was ready to lose her virginity to get an iPhone 4.
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