The 17-year old boy named Wang from the Anhui province in south China wanted an iPad and iPhone – but, being from a poor family, he could not afford to buy it outright.
So – he decided to sell one of his kidneys and fulfill his desire as reported in the Telegraph of 6th April 2012.
The deal was apparently finalized in a chat room and Wang agreed to the price of 22000 Yuan (2200 pounds sterling) for one of his kidneys.
The boy is now suffering from renal deficiency and his health is deteriorating.
The organ removal was done in April-2011 but, not properly – the police have arrested seven persons in this regard, including the surgeon who performed the removal.
It seems selling kidneys is a lucrative business in China where against an annual demand of 1.5-million idmeys, hardly 10,000 transactions are above board. These are mostly from executed prisoners and voluntary donors.
China has banned trading in human organs since 2007 and, hence, those who can afford it go overseas on ‘transplant tourism’.