Court trial begins for Chinese boy who sold kidney for Apple products

Summary:17-year-old boy sold kidney for only 22,000 yuan (US$3,480) to buy iPhone and iPad. Court trial begins on underground chains for illegal trading of organs in China.

The 17-year-old boy who sold his kidney for Apple products is now suing for compensation of 2.27 million yuan (US$360,000) in the Chinese court.

Nine people in the trail were also prosecuted for intentional injury, as well as underground intermediary that tried to find property candidates and two doctors who conducted surgeries, according to a Sina News report.

The boy, surnamed Wang, was found unwell by his parents who then realized that their child had a kidney removed in exchange for Apple's products, according to the report.

The parents reported the case to the police, which cracked down the whole underground chains of trading kidney in Chenzhou, a Chinese city in Hunan province.

In April 2011, Wang found the underground intermediary through the Internet and said he'd like to sell his kidney for money. The underground intermediary then looked for a doctor in a hospital in Chenzhou and conducted the surgery for Wang.

The boy was paid only 22,000 yuan (US$3,480) but his kidney was eventually sold for 150,000 yuan (US$23,800) plus US$10,000, which was shared between the underground intermediary and the doctor.

Wang was diagnosed as to have suffered "serious injury" and "three-degree disability", according to the Chinese court.

This was not the first case in China where young people had sold their organs to buy Apple products.

Chinese Netizens these days teased Apple on the Internet, saying: "The new iPhone is coming, but I only have one kidney left. What shall I do now?"

Topics: Legal, Apple, China

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Cyrus Lee, writing under a pen name, is a Hong Kong-based reporter in an English-language newspaper and a correspondent for a radio station.

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