Boy sells kidney for iPhone

2012-04-06 22:33

Beijing - A Chinese schoolboy sold his kidney for an illicit transplant operation and used the proceeds to buy an Apple iPhone and iPad, state press said on Friday.

The 17-year-old boy, who was paid 22 000 yuan ($3 500), was recruited from an online chatroom and is now suffering from kidney failure and in deteriorating health, the Xinhua news agency said.

A surgeon and four others have been arrested and are facing charges of illegal organ trading and intentional injury.

The kidney donor, only identified by his surname Wang, agreed to the April 2011 operation in the central province of Hunan without his parents consent, the report said.

One of those detained was a hard-up gambler identified as He Wei, who acted as a middle-man between a hospital worker and the teenager. He was paid 220 000 yuan.

Health ministry statistics show that about 1.5 million people in China need transplants, but only around 10 000 transplants are performed annually.

The huge gap has led to a thriving illegal market for organs.

Executed prisoners remain the main source of organs used in transplant operations due to the lack of voluntary donations, Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu was quoted by state media as saying last month.

International human rights groups have long accused China of harvesting organs from executed prisoners for transplant without the consent of the prisoner or their family - charges the government has denied.

  • The-madKing - 2012-04-06 22:49

    what a retard pffft!!

  • christo.stone - 2012-04-06 22:50


  • Jacques - 2012-04-06 23:19

    If he's in bad health for selling his kidney on the black market for something as fickle as an iPhone then I really don't feel any sympathy. Natural selection- weed out the retards!

  • buhle.m.kapa - 2012-04-06 23:25


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  • zane.zeiler - 2012-04-06 23:58

    And in other news... With the average global Intellectual Quotient per capita dropping steadily annually, The Darwin Awards are receiving more and more candidates each year.

  • Kipper - 2012-04-07 00:53

    What is this world coming to?!

  • thulani.sparks - 2012-04-07 04:24

    \International human rights groups have long accused China of harvesting organs from executed prisoners for transplant without the consent of the prisoner or their family - charges the government has denied.\ exchange 4 the death penalty in SA hardcore criminals must b forced to donate blood nd some of their organs kidneys etc!!4 all the heartache they coz it cud b a small token of saying sorry!!!D Devils!!\r\n\r\nI love the laws in China they r inhumane but they force ppl to behave like humans!!!Way to go!!

      Phoenix - 2012-04-07 10:35

      Yes Alicia if you are terminally ill you will say no to a kidney and rather die. Yeah right.

  • Julio - 2012-04-07 05:39

    So much for an Apple a day keeping the doctor away

      Adam - 2012-04-07 07:00

      Should change his name from Wang to Wanker.

  • wesleywt - 2012-04-07 05:43

    I don't see the problem. What if you are poor and a rich man offers you R10 million for your kidney to save his daughter. I would take it. Why is it wrong? You would be retard if you didn't take it pffft!

      Hadebe - 2012-04-07 08:16

      Wil u stil take it if u were offered 3500 us dollars?

      wesleywt - 2012-04-07 08:55

      The stupid part is selling his kidney for 3000. Not selling his kidney.

  • Vickela Mumby - 2012-04-07 06:16

    Crazy world we live in!

  • rudolfmdlt - 2012-04-07 07:13

    Good. Stupidity is the modern plague that will thin out and strengthen the gene pool.

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-07 07:38

    how stupid can you get why didn't get a job and save for the phone

      Morgaen - 2012-04-07 09:16

      Well he got Job's Phone didn't he?

  • Marius - 2012-04-07 08:14

    I have a damn good kidney for $2 million, any takers??

  • Michael - 2012-04-07 08:15

    Seems Steve Jobs didn't get it all right - clearly that "Virtual Kidney APP" doesn't work.

  • Morgaen - 2012-04-07 09:21

    I their culture is f*cked up enough to believe a Rhino horn can cure impotence and cancer, this story hardly seems out of the ordinary.

  • kmugwambi - 2012-04-07 10:02

    God please help before things get worse.

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-07 10:36

    Smart kid, he didn't rob anyone, he just sold what he didn't need to buy what he needed. Imma sell my lungs, don't really need them but I do need a vacation.

      Diaan - 2012-04-07 12:45

      Vuyo i agree with you . this kid should have thrown his his brain into the deal to sweeten it . Its been hardly used at all .We should also thank him for improving the gene pool

  • ernst.toerien - 2012-04-07 13:37

    Honestly I am sad to read all these comments. Nothing sqaid by anybody about the kind of culture we live in? What if you want to study but can't find any job. You want to, but you live in a 3rd world country where it is impossible? What do you do? Try for once to think what it meant for this boy; what forced him to sell his kidney. Maybe everybody around him had one, and he felt the odd one out. Maybe other problems which forced him to try and fit in with his peers. What about advertisers and Steve Jobs who created this atmosphere of buy buy buy? Maybe you need to go to the root of the problem and stop throwing stones at the wrong people. Sad!

  • thebradbennett - 2012-04-07 16:41

    Surely this headline should rather read "Five arrested for illegal organ trading in China"? The quality of journalism, err, sorry I meant professional sensationalists concerns me...

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-04-07 17:37

    Kinda stupid considering that those iPhone and iPad models will be obsolete in a few years when superior gadgets go mainstream. Meanwhile he wont grow another kidney.

  • Thabang - 2012-04-07 22:13

    A fool and his kidney are soon parted...

  • Wayne - 2012-04-10 09:19


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