News that a Chinese teen had sold his kidney so he could buy an iPad 2 and an iPhone spread like wildfire back in 2011. The seventeen-year-old, identified with the surname "Wang", was so desperate to get his hands on the latest Apple gadgets that he agreed to give up one of his kidneys for a measly sum of 22,000 yuan ($3,500).
It's pretty crazy, considering the fact that Apple releases new versions of their devices regularly and the phone and tablet he bought became outdated after a few months.
There have been reports that Wang's health has been declining ever since the illegal transplant took place. But at least justice has--and will--prevail: five people have been charged with intentional injury for their role in buying Wang's kidney, including a surgeon and other medical staff. The crew reportedly received around 220,000 yuan ($35,000) for the kidney they operated from the poor kid.
It's sad how some people will go to such lengths to get an iPad (in Wang's case) or to make a few thousand bucks (in the case of the defendants.) I wonder how the people over at Apple felt when they first heard about the debacle last April 2011.
Article by Hazel Chua
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