China teen sells kidney to buy gadgets; 5 charged

Published April 7, 2012 5:18AM (EDT)

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities have indicted five people in central China for involvement in illegal organ trading after a teenager sold one of his kidneys to earn money to buy an iPhone and an iPad.

The official Xinhua News Agency says prosecutors in the city of Chenzhou charged the suspects with intentional injury for organizing the removal and transplant of a kidney from a 17-year-old high school student surnamed Wang.

Xinhua said late Friday that the defendants include a surgeon, a local hospital contractor, and brokers who looked for donors online and leased an operating room to conduct the procedure.

Xinhua says that about 1.5 million people in China need transplants, but that only around 10,000 transplants are performed each year, fueling the illegal trade of organs.

By Salon Staff

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