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    China: Teenager 'sells kidney for iPad'

    Post by PyroPhoenix on Mon Mar 12, 2012 4:01 pm

    A teenager in China has sold one of his kidneys in order to buy an iPad 2, Chinese media report.

    The 17-year-old, identified only as Little Zheng, told a local TV station he had arranged the sale of the kidney over the internet.
    The story only came to light after the teenager's mother became suspicious.
    The case highlights China's black market in organ trafficking. A scarcity of organ donors has led to a flourishing trade.

    Deep red scar

    It all started when the high school student saw an online advert offering money to organ donors.
    Illegal agents organised a trip to the hospital and paid him $3,392 (£2,077) after the operation.
    With the cash the student bought an iPad 2, as well as a laptop.
    When his mother noticed the computers and the deep red scar on his body, which was caused by the surgery, Little Zheng confessed.
    In 2007, Chinese authorities banned organ trafficking and have introduced a voluntary donor scheme to try to combat the trade.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13639934



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    Re: China: Teenager 'sells kidney for iPad'

    Post by bmarzke on Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:31 am

    Meh, he's got two of 'em.
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    Re: China: Teenager 'sells kidney for iPad'

    Post by PyroPhoenix on Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:12 am

    Over technology that will be outdated and doubled in power in a couple years lol. At least that kidney would of lasted him his whole life.



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    Re: China: Teenager 'sells kidney for iPad'

    Post by Strebeck on Tue Mar 13, 2012 10:31 am

    Plus the fake Chinese brands of the iDevices actually aren;t all that bad.
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    Re: China: Teenager 'sells kidney for iPad'

    Post by PyroPhoenix on Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:15 pm

    Charges filed against five who removed teen’s kidney

    Last year, a Chinese teen sold his kidney to raise money to buy an Apple iPad and iPhone. Now, five people, including the surgeon who conducted the operation, are being charged with "intentional injury."

    According to prosecutors, the boy, who was 17 at the time of the operation, has suffered from renal deficiency, a serious medical condition in which the kidney fails to filter toxins and waste from the blood stream.

    [Related: Stem cell therapy could boost kidney transplant success: Study]

    The story is steeped in both tragedy and intrigue. The boy, who has not been publicly identified, hails from one of China's poorest provinces. When his mother saw her son with a new iPad and iPhone, both highly sought in China, the son admitted that he sold his kidney to pay for them.

    News of the illegal surgery first broke last year. The boy spoke to a Chinese TV station. "I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn't have the money," the boy said. "When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by agent saying they were able to pay RMB 20,000 to buy a kidney." That's the equivalent of about $3,100.

    [Related: Kidney transplant patient seeks life without drugs]

    According to reports, the boy received only about 10% of what the kidney buyer paid. The rest went to the surgeon and others involved in arranging the operation. The operation was conducted in a hospital room that had been rented out.

    Though China has banned the selling and trading of organs, the practice still occurs on the black market. According to a report from the Health Ministry, "1.5 million patients need transplants each year, but only 10,000 organs are available." Many of those seeking organs come from other countries.
    http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/upshot/charges-filed-against-those-removed-teen-kidney-180938499.html




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