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Five Charged in Teen Selling Kidney to Buy Apple Products

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Several people have been charged in the case that saw a Chinese teen sell one of his organs for an iPad and an iPhone.

With a new iPad and iPhone released every year, keeping up with the latest cutting edge technology to come out of Cupertino is pretty expensive, especially if you already live in one of China's poorest provinces.  However, one boy in Anhui was so desperate to get his hands on the iPad and iPhone that he was willing to sell a kidney to buy them. The 17-year-old boy, named only as Wang, last year arranged to sell a kidney so he could afford to buy the gadgets. His extreme actions only emerged after his mother asked where he got the money to pay for his new toys.

Reuters today reports that five people have been charged in the case, including the surgeon who performed the procedure. According to the Xinhua News Agency, one of the defendants in the case received 220,000 yuan (about $35,000) to arrange the transaction. The teenager who gave up a kidney was given 22,000 yuan (almost $3,500) and the rest of the money was divided between the surgeon, medical staff, and three additional defendants. Five of the defendants have been charged with causing intentional injury.

Xinhua reports that the boy in question now suffers from renal deficiency as a result of the surgery. 

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    blazorthon , April 11, 2012 11:09 PM
    Someone took some organ selling jokes too seriously. Everyone knows that you're actually supposed to sell an arm and a leg.
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    stevo777 , April 12, 2012 12:40 AM
    Good thing he didn't sell his brain--I don't think he could have gotten much for it.
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    Devoteicon , April 12, 2012 2:44 AM
    Moron. Enjoy your dialysis. And no, there is no app for it.
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  • 27 Hide
    blazorthon , April 11, 2012 11:09 PM
    Someone took some organ selling jokes too seriously. Everyone knows that you're actually supposed to sell an arm and a leg.
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    Device Unknown , April 11, 2012 11:31 PM
    I wouldn't sell a dingleerry for a apple product. I would however sell organs i just don't need for other PC hardware :) 
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    aoneone , April 11, 2012 11:34 PM
    Why didn't he just sell his wang? OH wait...
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    blazorthon , April 11, 2012 11:35 PM
    aoneoneWhy didn't he just sell his wang? OH wait...


    I think that that is more important than a kidney, especially for a teenager going through puberty and adulthood within the next few years.
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    confish21 , April 12, 2012 12:19 AM
    feel sick now...
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    house70 , April 12, 2012 12:22 AM
    All jokes aside, every kidney donor has to pass tests to prove that his remaining kidney is up to the task (that is, assuming the donation is legit and approved by a transplant commission that includes, among others, psychiatrists).
    In this case it appears that it wasn't done, which in itself is criminal negligence.
    And, for what? Some toy?
    That's really sad.
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    house70 , April 12, 2012 12:25 AM
    And, for the record, it's renal insufficiency, not deficiency. A bit of research goes a long way...
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    tramit , April 12, 2012 12:28 AM
    This kids short-sightedness for some gadgets is overboard. Trained medical professionals should also know better then to perform this kind of action as well.
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    stevo777 , April 12, 2012 12:40 AM
    Good thing he didn't sell his brain--I don't think he could have gotten much for it.
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    jdwii , April 12, 2012 12:49 AM
    Sad i wouldn't even buy this product if i had a million dollars to waste unless i was going to use it to level out a table in which i'm sure it couldn't even handle this task very well.
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    blazorthon , April 12, 2012 1:02 AM
    jdwiiSad i wouldn't even buy this product if i had a million dollars to waste unless i was going to use it to level out a table in which i'm sure it couldn't even handle this task very well.


    I would. I would buy every iPhone and a bunch of Androids and do a real world comparison of them all in a huge variety of tasks and when I'm done, sell most of them. Some people like to actually understand the competition for their favorite products rather than bash them idiotically.
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    blazorthon , April 12, 2012 1:16 AM
    mengeleStupid fucking chinks. Their obsession with shiny toys and money is only surpassed by the jew


    Their racism is only surpassed by you. Wait, that came out a little racist. Let's just say that you're a discriminating idiot.

    Really, Americans are known for being far worse about needing the newest, shiniest toys than anyone else if I remember correctly. If not the worst, we are among the worst. The Chinese aren't a people that seems dedicated to being as elitest and greedy as many Americans seems to be. There has always been, and always will be exceptions to this and pretty much every other rule; this may be such an exception.
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    Anonymous , April 12, 2012 1:38 AM
    First place Darwin Award!!!!
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    fb39ca4 , April 12, 2012 1:44 AM
    teh_daveFirst place Darwin Award!!!!

    No, that would go to the person who actually sold his penis/testicles for an Apple Product.
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    nebun , April 12, 2012 1:54 AM
    how is this intentinal injury when the boy sold his body part willingly...no one forced him
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    DXRick , April 12, 2012 2:10 AM
    That is really sad. I would think a kidney would be worth a new Corvette.
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    Devoteicon , April 12, 2012 2:44 AM
    Moron. Enjoy your dialysis. And no, there is no app for it.
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    gilgamex , April 12, 2012 2:45 AM
    This is a really really old article, that was posted on Tom's before lolz
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    Max Collodi , April 12, 2012 3:06 AM
    nebunhow is this intentinal injury when the boy sold his body part willingly...no one forced him

    Perhaps the fact that they did this to a minor. His parents were unaware of this surgery. You can't perform surgery on a minor just because his gives you permission.
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