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.
Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable.... ~ Shakespeare