Five have been charged with illegal organ trading over an incident involving a 17-year-old boy who sold one of his kidneys for enough money to buy an iPad. The boy, who has not been identified, is now suffering from renal failure and other complications. The surgeon who performed the operation was among those charged for the crime. The boy was paid nearly $5,000 for his kidney.
This all took place in China. The boy is from one of the poorest provinces in the country - a province most people leave to look for better jobs. It is also said that illegal organ trading is becoming a bigger problem in China, as demand for organs outstrips donors. Apple products are the most popular, but also the most cost-prohibitive.
© C Harris Lynn, 2012