5 men have been charged in Southern China for having caused intentional injury to 17-year-old Wang. The boy sold one of his kidneys to pay for an iPad and an iPhone in April last year. He is currently suffering from renal deficiency and his health seems to be deteriorating after the operation. Investigations are still ongoing.
One of those five people charged is a surgeon. The other defendants include a local hospital contractor and brokers who used to look for donors online. The brokers would identify potential online donors through chat rooms, while the operations were conducted at a hospital. The 17-year-old boy, named Wang, is currently suffering from renal deficiency. Xinhua News Agency reported that one of the defendants had received 220,000 Yuan ($35,000) to arrange for the transplant.
The money was reportedly split between Wang and the other medical staff. Wang was paid 22,000 Yuan, while the rest of the money was split among the medical staff.
It is not clear as to who received and paid for the kidney or what the person's legal situation was.
Wang belongs to Anhui, one of China's poorest provinces. He sold his kidney in order to buy an iPhone and an iPad. When his mother questioned him about the money, he admitted to having sold his kidney.
Apple products are popular worldwide including China. However, they are quite expensive and in China especially, many people are not able to afford these products. The price range for an iPhone in China starts from 3,988 Yuan ($633) and the iPads begin at 2,988 Yuan ($474).
Xinhua News Agency also reported that Wang's health situation seemed to be deteriorating and he was not doing so well. They also quoted China's Ministry of Health's statistics, which show that approximately 1.5 million people in China need transplants. According to these figures, there are only 10,000 transplants that are carried out every year. In 2007, China banned the trading of human organs, according to Xinhua News Agency.
Investigations are ongoing and there are other suspects being questioned.