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 $3,500, was recruited from an online
chat room 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.
Health ministry statistics show that about 1.5 million people in China
need transplants, but only around 10,000 transplants are performed
The huge gap has led to a thriving illegal market for organs.