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Posted: 06 April 2012 11:58 PM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-17640209

China arrests after kidney sold for iPad

Five people have been arrested in southern China after a teenager sold his kidney so he could buy an iPhone and iPad, state media have reported.

Those detained include the surgeon who removed the kidney from the boy in April last year.

State-run Xinhua news agency says the group received around $35,000 (£22,000) for the transplant.

The student is said to be suffering renal failure, according to prosecutors in Hunan province quoted by Xinhua.

Only identified by his surname Wang, he is said to have received about $3,000 for his kidney.

The 17-year-old was reportedly recruited for the illegal trade through an online chatroom.

Organ shortage

The case was discovered when his mother noticed the new gadgets; when asked where he got the money, he admitted selling a kidney.

The group behind the operation have been charged with causing intentional injury and illegal organ trading.

While Apple iPhones and iPads are very popular in China, they are priced beyond the reach of many urban workers.

And there is a constant shortage of organ donors.

Official figures from the health ministry show that about 1.5 million people need transplants, but only 10,000 are performed annually.

Executed prisoners have been often used as a source of organs, but last month China vowed to phase this out over the next five years.

Very reminiscent of those “waking up in a tub of ice with your kidney missing” stories, but with a bit more active participation on the donor’s part.

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Posted: 07 April 2012 02:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Xinhua?

very interesting name for a chinese news agency

xin = New
hua = say/speak

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Posted: 07 April 2012 08:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I am very glad to see the authorities there taking action against this kind of exploitation all the way around.  I am also wondering the reasons the child went into renal failure IF there was still one kidney left….......but then I am also questioning how long it took for the surgery and recuperation?  Surely he didn’t just get up and walk home?  Or maybe he did?  Or did they remove BOTH kidneys and he actually did walk home (after his purchases) and renal failure was immediate?

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Posted: 08 April 2012 02:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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So the mother noted the gadget but not the operation wounds?

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Posted: 08 April 2012 11:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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hulitoons - 07 April 2012 08:46 AM

I am very glad to see the authorities there taking action against this kind of exploitation all the way around.  I am also wondering the reasons the child went into renal failure IF there was still one kidney left….......but then I am also questioning how long it took for the surgery and recuperation?  Surely he didn’t just get up and walk home?  Or maybe he did?  Or did they remove BOTH kidneys and he actually did walk home (after his purchases) and renal failure was immediate?

Eh.. kidney removal is a delicate process. if you do it wrong, the remaining one decides to stop working.. or he may have had only one good kidney to begin with.. or there may have been an infection (very probable with black market dealings).

 

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Posted: 08 April 2012 11:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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LaMa - 08 April 2012 02:08 AM

So the mother noted the gadget but not the operation wounds?

Eh. T-shirt to cover the bandages, not too hard.

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Posted: 08 April 2012 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Sharruma - 07 April 2012 02:25 AM

Xinhua?

very interesting name for a chinese news agency

xin = New
hua = say/speak

Yep, it can basically be translated as “New news”.  It’s the official state news agency of China.  So something like Pravda, only a bit more rooted in the real world (sometimes; the big question is whether or not this is one of those times).

hulitoons - 07 April 2012 08:46 AM

I am very glad to see the authorities there taking action against this kind of exploitation all the way around.  I am also wondering the reasons the child went into renal failure IF there was still one kidney left….......

It could be that the one kidney functioning all be itself got overworked.  Or it could just be an ordinary kidney problem not related to the loss of the other kidney, but it becomes a serious problem to him because he doesn’t have the other kidney to take up the slack.  It looks as though the surgery was about a year ago, so it’s probably not due to a sudden infection from that.

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Posted: 09 April 2012 12:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Actually, this story is about that they arrested the guys who did the surgery.  I seem to remember reading an article when it was first discovered that the kid had sold the kidney for the electronics, which wasn’t that long after the surgery had occured.

Link to original story here.

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Posted: 09 April 2012 04:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Um.. no. Not Apple. Shady black-market organleggers who are willing to take advantage of a kid’s desire for Apple products, maybe, but Apple itself? I think not.

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