Kidney-for-iPad fanboi sues after illness strikes
At least he's still got his fondleslab
An 18-year-old Chinese lad who used money from selling one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone and iPad 2 is now suing for compensation of 2.27 million yuan (£227,785).
The misguided fanboi from Anhui province, surnamed Wang, was 17 when he agreed to the illegal transplant procedure in April 2011. In total, he received just 22,000 yuan (£2,197) of a total bounty of 220,000 yuan (£21,971) for the organ.
The rest of the loot was allegedly split between ringleader He Wei, who had organised the whole affair to help pay off his gambling debts, several hospital workers, and Song Zhongyu, a surgeon from a provincial hospital in Yunnan province.
The men are now on trial for illegal organ trading and causing intentional injury and could face up to 10 years in prison, according to the China Daily.
Their alleged plot was uncovered after Wang’s mother quizzed her son about his shiny new Apple products and discovered he’d parted with rather more than just cash to get hold of them.
The mother doesn’t believe that a love of all things Apple motivated her son to seek out a kidney surgeon on the black market, however.
"My son was tempted by the illegal organ traders and might have been afraid of getting caught with such a large amount of money, so he bought a cell phone and a tablet PC," she told the China Daily.
Wang has been paying the price ever since, suffering serious renal failure which prevented him from attending the trial of the men who helped relieve him of one of his organs.
There’s no info on when Wang’s plea for civil compensation will be officially heard.
Illegal organ trading in China is disturbingly popular, with over 130 suspects reportedly cuffed after a police crack down last month. ®
You forfeit your rights to air,
as you fail to spell the word 'breathe'. You have absolutely no room to call anybody else a moron.
China Daily reported that '"The case is complicated and involves a juvenile, so it's not suitable for us to disclose more details," Huang Wujiang, who works at the court, said on Thursday.'
But you don't need no complicated details, you have CAPS LOCK and a belly full of contempt.
Your insightful and sympathetic analysis rather assumes the kid received objective medical advice. Instead, he was probably coerced into it by a corrupt surgeon and some dude who wanted to pay off his gambling debts.
Perhaps they told him that it was a routine operation, he only needed one kidney and he'd get all proceeds from the sale.
What to say.
"The men are now on trial for illegal organ trading and causing intentional injury and could face up to 10 years in prison, according to the China Daily."
One hardly knows what to say about a story like this.
I have two conflicting urges here. One is to ridicule this extremely stupid kid. Because he deserves to be ridiculed, really. The other is to point out that 10 years a piece is not enough for the people responsible for this - leaving aside for the moment that the kid himself is not blameless. But then, this kid is going to suffer all his life and end up in an early grave thanks to some people who needed to pay off gambling debts.
Still the kid was 17 years old and legally not an adult capable of giving informed consent (assuming the law in China is like our own in this matter, which might well be an erroneous assumption.)
Then again, a 17 year old who would sell a kidney for an iPad and an iPhone is a very stupid 17 year old - and so we are back again at approximately the same place from which we started, even if stupidity is no fit excuse to take advantage of a stupid 17 year old kid in that way.
Still, if selling one's organs were legal here in the west, we would have people selling their kidneys too, and for reasons just as trivial. And they would go on television to tell the world about it, I am quite sure. But the sums involved in the initial transaction, and/or possible television appearances or sales of movie rights etc, and especially lawsuits, would generate far more income that what that kid's going to get in China, I would guess... and it would be very surprising if he manages to get £227,785 out of the perpetrators, unless the actual recipient of the kidney is both very wealthy and not politically connected.
Well, like I said, one hardly knows what to say about a story like this.