Report: Kid sells kidney to buy iPad and iPhone

The report is from the Xinhua News Agency -- China's official English language mouthpiece -- so you can take it or leave it according to your own idea of the truthfullness of the Chinese government. But even as a parable for the dangers of capitalism, it has lessons of which we all should be aware: The 17-year-old boy, identified only by his surname Wang, was approached in an online chatroom and paid 22,000 yuan (£2,200) for his kidney to be used in an illegal transplant operation, the Xinhua News Agency said. The teen now suffers from renal deficiency and his health is deteriorating, according to prosecutors in Chenzhou city, Hunan province. Five people from southern China have been charged with intentional injury and illegal organ trading, including the surgeon who removed the boy's kidney in April 2011. According to the Xinhua, one of the accused was paid 220,000 yuan (£22,000) to arrange the transplant. He paid the boy 22,000 yuan (£2,200) and shared the ...(Read Full Post)