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China high school student sells kidney to purchase iPhone, iPad

BEIJING -- A teenage high-school student in China 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 (US$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.

1 Comment
April 8, 2012    candy0603@
Dear editor:
The event showed the generation problems of lost in desiring and consumer satisfy, especially in the youth between China and Taiwan. People sale their organs in the earlier days because of short of money. However, in nowadays society, as the improvement of economy and technology, people sales organs for satisfying their desires. It is a serious deviation of concept. They seek for empty glory through purchasing 3C products. I think this is the phenomenon of activity distorted. In another words, more and more people fulfill their content by crook. This is quite disappointed and alarming. Through this horrible case, we should pay more attention on intention of buying so-called extravagant property. Do we really need it? Or we just want it? It is actually quite interesting of both psychology states.
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