'Kidney for an iPad' trial begins in China
Five people are facing trial in China after a student sold his kidney to buy an iPad and iPhone, the Daily Mail reported.world Updated: Aug 11, 2012 18:53 IST
Five people are facing trial in China after a student sold his kidney to buy an iPad and iPhone, the Daily Mail reported.
The 17-year-old nearly died after the operation to remove one of his vital organs, which he reportedly sold for the equivalent of around 1,900 pounds.
The defendants include the surgeon who removed the kidney from the teenager in the central province of Hunan.
The student's mother raised the alarm after she became suspicious about where he had got the money for his new gadgets.
He eventually admitted to selling his kidney, according to the newspaper on Friday.
The teenager suffered renal failure after the transplant, and was said to be too ill to attend the hearing.
Identified only as Wang, prosecutors say the young man was recruited in an online chat room.
Apple products are extremely popular in China, but are too expensive for many.
The organ industry in China is booming and trading in organs is a widespread online practice in the country, the Mail added.