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Chinese Teen Who Sold Kidney for an iPhone Is Now Bedridden for Life

Back in 2011, a 17-year-old Chinese teenager got attached to his newly bought iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Now 25 years old, all he’s attached to is a dialysis machine.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Wang Shangkun stated in 2011 that he had done the unthinkable_ he had sold one of his kidneys so that he could buy the latest Apple devices. He didn’t need 2 kidneys, he said. One was enough. Putting his organs up for sale on the black market, he got an amount of money equivalent to about US$ 3220 or $4,550 AUD.  And with this booty, he bought himself the popular Apple gadgets. Bizarre? Definitely!

Wang told China Network Television that he had always wanted to buy those expensive devices, but that he’d never had enough money to satisfy his wants. Later, in an online chat room, he had been approached by an organ harvester. This kidney agent allegedly told him on the Internet that he could get 20,000 yuan by selling one of his kidneys. That’s when he saw a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Shortly after this, Wang, whocomes from Anhui province, underwent an illegal surgery to have his right kidney removed. After the surgery got over in the central Hunan province, this particular kidney was delivered to an unknown recipient. But Wang’s mother knew nothing about any of this until he walked into his house with the expensive Apple devices. This made her suspicious, and she forced Wang to confess what he’d really done. Thereafter, 9 people involved in the illegal surgery were arrested, while 5 of the people were charged with organ trading and intentional injury.

Within months of the illegal operation, Wang’s remaining kidney developed an infection. Possible causes may include the lack of proper care after the surgery and the unsanitary and unhygienic location in which the operation was carried out. Nonetheless, the kidney infection developed further into organ failure.

Fast-forward to 8 years later, and his condition has deteriorated to such an extent now that he’s been declared bedridden for life. Since his remaining kidney can no longer handle all the excess toxins alone which a second kidney might’ve been able to manage, he needs kidney dialysis every single day to clear his blood of these toxins.

According to doctors, Wang can probably use a transplant of his own now. But some claim that human kidneys can be sold on the black market for as much as US$ 255,028 or $366,000 AUD_ more than 80 times than what Wang got paid for selling his right kidney. Seems like he was fooled, but being a 17-year-old desperate for buying the latest Apple iPhone, he couldn’t have cared less.
China had banned human organ trading in 2007 itself. But a large number of people in need of transplants compared to only a few donors has led to organs being traded in the black market.

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