A man who sold one of his kidneys to get himself a new iPhone and iPad is now bed-bound and requires around-the-clock care, according to reports.
The man, who is now 25, sold off one of his kidneys back in 2011 when he was 17.
According to Chinese media, the man, known only as Wang, the teen was given 22,000yuan (£2,528) after selling the organ on the black market. Reports at the time claimed that he wanted to buy a new tech products, but his parents couldn’t afford them.
He reportedly found some dodgy middlemen on an online forum called QQ, who said they could help him raise the necessary cash if he was willing to flog one of his kidneys.
Speaking to CNTV.cncn, Wang said: “At the time, I wanted to buy an iPad2, but I didn’t have any money. When I was on the Internet, I had a kidney agent send a message, saying that selling a kidney can give me 20,000.”
The teen secretly arranged to travel from his home in the eastern Anhui Province to the southern Hunan Province, without letting his folks know.
When he arrived, he was met by a couple of surgeons, a surgeon’s assistant and a nurse and the operation was carried out. The poorly recipient of the organ paid 150,000 yuan (£17,258) and an additional $10,000 (£7,860) for the kidney.
Wang then went on to buy himself an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 before he returned home.
However, once home, his parents found out what he had done and, understandably, hit the roof.
His mum called the police and in 2012 nine people who were involved in the deal were jailed – with the middlemen being sentenced to three to five years and the surgeons each being given three years.
Wang and his family were awarded 1.47 million yuan (£169,000) in compensation.
Following the op, Wang’s health quickly deteriorated, and he suffered renal deficiency, which later led to him becoming bed-bound, CCTV.com reports.
According to recent reports, Wang now has renal failure and is reliant on regular dialysis. He has to live on benefits as he is unable to work.
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