Kidney sold for iPad
April 9, 2012
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An iPhone poster on display at a phone shop in Beijing, China. Photo: AP
BEIJING. Five people have been arrested for alleged involvement in a 17-year-old's decision to sell his kidney so he could buy an iPad and an iPhone.
The Xinhua news agency reported that prosecutors in Chenzhou charged the suspects, including a surgeon, with intentional injury. Xinhua said that the man who allegedly organised the plot needed to pay off gambling debts. He supposedly received about $US35,000 ($A34,000) to get the kidney, out of which he paid about $3000 to the student. The defendant also allegedly paid the medical staff for the operation, and for the rental of a medical facility.
The student's mother uncovered the plot after asking how he could afford an iPad and iPhone. He confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys.