Charges filed after Chinese teen sells kidney for iPad 2

You may remember that about a year ago, the world was shocked to learn that a 17-year-old student from Huaishan City, in the Chinese province of Anhui, decided to sell his own kidney for 22,000 yuan (about $3400) so he could purchase an iPad 2. Now that case is in the spotlight again as five people have been charged in China for their participation in this incident.

Reuters reports that according to the Chinese government-run Xinhua News Agency, one of the people charged in this case is the surgeon who actually performed the operation. Yet another person who was charged arranged the operation and then paid the 17-year-old, who was named Wang in today's article but was called Mr. Zheng a year ago.

The three other people who were charged in the case had shared the rest of the money that the broker received from selling the student's kidney. Money was also given to the surgeon and other medical staff. None of the people were named in the report.

Unfortunately, the student who had his kidney removed now suffers from renal deficiency, according to the report, and his condition is deteriorating. The story also revealed that the student bought an iPhone with the money received for his kidney in addition to the iPad 2. iPhone prices in China start at 3,988 yuan ($633), while iPads are priced beginning at 2,988 yuan ($474).

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Each and every single one of you who commented against this poor kid need to look at yourselves. The poor kid lives in a country that has a low wage with too much advertising for a product over priced for the general population. I feel so sorry for the guy, he is a young adult sucked in by the advertising who so desperately wanted the product that was offered a way to get the greatest product! If i knew who he was and there was a chance the correct treatment would help him, I would pay for it with out question!

aero9 said,
Am i the only one who noticed iPad *2* in the title?

Read beyond the title. The first sentence mentions this was "about a year ago".

But yea, this kid is plenty stupid.

bugsbungee said,

Read beyond the title. The first sentence mentions this was "about a year ago".

But yea, this kid is plenty stupid.

There is a reason why kids are treated differently under the law. Up to a certain age most can't be expected to make mature decisions. Some OD on drugs, some drink themselves to death, make babies or - sell their kidneys for an iPad (blame the evil corporations for making their target group overzealous).

you can tell that kid wants that so bad he's not thinking clearly because doing a major surgery like that for something that will be outdated in 3-5 years (if he's really lucky maybe 10) basically... is it REALLY worth it in the long term?

doing that type of stuff would only be worth it if you need to help out a family member because of life or death or something along those lines. but just getting a iPad and iPhone for a fricking kidney is plain stupid.

but i guess teenagers when they want something a lot they tend to do stupid stuff, but not THAT stupid.

17 year old is not an adult. though many 18 ,19, 20... year olds are also not "adult".

i pretty much agree with you as most of those early 20's and younger types tend to act like kids most of the time and don't make as wise decisions as someone a little older etc. plus i think from my perception of people there is a pretty big maturity gap from 20 to 30 years old.

people outside of china 'donate' one kidney.

this 17 year old donor is already suffering from having one kidney? maybe the mds didn't test his kidneys before the operation.

did the recipient get the better kidney?

17 year old is not an adult. though many 18 ,19, 20... year olds are also not "adult".

9³³9 said,
people outside of china 'donate' one kidney.

this 17 year old donor is already suffering from having one kidney? maybe the mds didn't test his kidneys before the operation.

did the recipient get the better kidney?

17 year old is not an adult. though many 18 ,19, 20... year olds are also not "adult".

No such thing as a "better" kidney, the body EQUALLY distributes between the 2, one doesn't dominate over the other. Yes TECHNICALLY one *COULD* be better than the other, but that difference is so marginal it's not WORTH testing.

There are 60 year olds that are not "ADULT" either... some people NEVER grow up.

Toysoldier said,

After reading your posts I completely agree, you are a fine example.


Let's hate people to prove I'm grown up and they aren't.

I hope Wang, or whatever his name is, gets what he deserves. He had him self cut open and a piece of himself removed for a ****ing toy/gadget. He deserves whats coming to him even if that means he will die. Not wishing death on him, but would serve him right.

Hope the iPad was worth it.

if he considered one kidney *since he had 2* for the iPad2, he may go for the other testicle or lung or maybe half of his brain to purchase the current iPad. he can go 2 more iPad generations if he sells all of the above mentioned in sequence.

oh! i forgot eyes. 3 more generations then.

Edited by 3rd impact, Apr 6 2012, 11:15pm :

while its probabily isnt illegal to sell your kidney, he probably did it "off the books" so he could get the money faster ..

tho im not sure about laws in china

drotaru said,
while its probabily isnt illegal to sell your kidney, he probably did it "off the books" so he could get the money faster ..

tho im not sure about laws in china

You aren't sure.. but you CAN read can't you dimwit? If the Chinese government is bringing CHARGES against 5 people, it OBVIOUSLY must be illegal, Mr. Wizard!

You aren't the brightest bulb in your family are you?

rijp said,

You aren't sure.. but you CAN read can't you dimwit? If the Chinese government is bringing CHARGES against 5 people, it OBVIOUSLY must be illegal, Mr. Wizard!

You aren't the brightest bulb in your family are you?

He's questioning whether it was through proper channels or not. It's very legal to donate organs. It's highly illegal (and unsafe) to harvest organs for sale on the black market for some quick cash.

rijp said,

You aren't sure.. but you CAN read can't you dimwit? If the Chinese government is bringing CHARGES against 5 people, it OBVIOUSLY must be illegal, Mr. Wizard!

You aren't the brightest bulb in your family are you?

Apparently you can't read or you would know that your response goes against a number of community rules here at neowin. I would be careful who you are calling names and talking down to.

It's my body I can do whatever the hell I want with it...?


Selling body parts is illegal? You know what should be illegal? NOT being an organ donor. Yeah, people will die (indirectly) because you're a selfish douche.

rpsgc said,
It's my body I can do whatever the hell I want with it...?


Selling body parts is illegal? You know what should be illegal? NOT being an organ donor. Yeah, people will die (indirectly) because you're a selfish douche.

Please do go sell your brain for an iPad, one less moron in this world.

rpsgc said,
It's my body I can do whatever the hell I want with it...?


Selling body parts is illegal? You know what should be illegal? NOT being an organ donor. Yeah, people will die (indirectly) because you're a selfish douche.

Yes it is his body and yes he can do whatever he wants with it. The problem here is that this kid had been taken advantage of. Donating your organs is great when you die or whatever you decide but selling them for a product which will last for a couple of years at best before it becomes outdated is a bit weird and strange if you ask me.

rpsgc said,
It's my body I can do whatever the hell I want with it...?


Selling body parts is illegal? You know what should be illegal? NOT being an organ donor. Yeah, people will die (indirectly) because you're a selfish douche.

That makes no sense.

Ently said,

The problem here is that this kid had been taken advantage of.
How was he taken advantage of? The fact that he hid this from his parents proves he knew this was wrong or else he would of told them. And if he would of told his parents, I am sure he wouldnt be in this mess now.

rpsgc said,
It's my body I can do whatever the hell I want with it...?

Selling body parts is illegal? You know what should be illegal? NOT being an organ donor. Yeah, people will die (indirectly) because you're a selfish douche.

You do realize that donating organs is against many cultures/religions. So before you start calling people douches, look in the mirror and smile wide.

techbeck said,
How was he taken advantage of? The fact that he hid this from his parents proves he knew this was wrong or else he would of told them. And if he would of told his parents, I am sure he wouldnt be in this mess now.

Isn't it obvious? I mean this kid really wanted something he couldn't afford and someone offered him a solution and being young and naive he took the offer not fully understanding what the damages could do. All he saw was "oh I fall asleep for a bit, have some scars and get an iPad cool!" whereas the surgeons and people organizing it probably made a lot more money then he did from it and they are aware of it.

There is a reason why you require parental consent for certain things and there's a reason why he hid this from his parents because of course he knew they would go against it and say it was wrong that doesn't change that he was taken advantage of.

Ently said,

There is a reason why you require parental consent for certain things and there's a reason why he hid this from his parents because of course he knew they would go against it and say it was wrong that doesn't change that he was taken advantage of.

He was 17 years old. Either he is a really dumb person for that age or has mental issues...in which case I would agree with him being taken advantage of...or else he knew exactly what he was doing and what could happen. And IMO the fact that he hid this from his parents, he knew what he was doing and what could happen because of it.

rpsgc said,
It's my body I can do whatever the hell I want with it...?


Selling body parts is illegal? You know what should be illegal? NOT being an organ donor. Yeah, people will die (indirectly) because you're a selfish douche.

Yes it is illegal especially in the USA, I agree, it's MY body, I can do whatever I want.. unfortunately we live in a society of self indulgent lunatics that believe THEY decide what is best for the REST of us and they have concluded that your body should be protected.. and there is some basis for this because if you can sell body parts.. criminals can abduct you, sell YOUR body parts.. and now we have an entirely DIFFERENT crime element, so it IS for your protection as well.

rijp said,

Yes it is illegal especially in the USA, I agree, it's MY body, I can do whatever I want.. unfortunately we live in a society of self indulgent lunatics that believe THEY decide what is best for the REST of us and they have concluded that your body should be protected.. and there is some basis for this because if you can sell body parts.. criminals can abduct you, sell YOUR body parts.. and now we have an entirely DIFFERENT crime element, so it IS for your protection as well.

Lunatics telling you not to give away your vital organs for pennies...

I don't even know how to respond to something like that.

dude, donating organs when still alive for the sake of a loved one is heroic, but for the sake of an electronic product?

since you're so passionate about organ donation, how many organs have you donated? because i'd like to know how not a selfish douche you are.

i'll be waiting for your answer.

rpsgc said,
It's my body I can do whatever the hell I want with it...?

Selling body parts is illegal? You know what should be illegal? NOT being an organ donor. Yeah, people will die (indirectly) because you're a selfish douche.


Hypocrite much? First you say its your body and you should be able to do what you want, then you say everyone should be forced to do something with their body.