We’ve all been a little strapped for cash, but instead of selling old clothes or DVDs, one man from China put his kidney up for sale with disastrous results.
Like some creepy urban legend where you wake up in a bathtub full of ice while missing a non-vital organ, the 17-year-old turned to harvesting himself to get the latest tech.
According to Chinese media, Xiao Wang came up with an inventive way to outshine his classmates when his parents couldn’t afford a new iPhone and iPad. We know that Alan Sugar likes people to use their initiative, but this might be a step too far.
Shady dealings were carried out on an online forum called QQ. We’re not quite sure how it works, but it sounds like a fleshy version of Gumtree where you can flog everything from your sofa to limbs.
He apparently found the middlemen online in 2011 and headed to an underground clinic where he went under the knife. The operation was a success (if you can really call it that) and Wang was promptly given 22,000 yuan — which is £2,528.
Speaking to CNTV.cn, Wang explained what happened. “At the time, I wanted to buy an iPad2, but I didn’t have any money,” he confessed. “When I was on the Internet, I had a kidney agent send a message, saying that selling a kidney can give me 20,000.”
Instead of needing the money for a sick relative or planning on investing it in property, Wang quickly squandered his cash on the latest iPhone and iPad, which let’s be honest, are probably obsolete by now.
There’s some serious money to be made in black market organs. The person who needed the kidney reportedly paid 150,000 yuan (£17,258) and an extra $10,000 (£7,860) for the kidney. It doesn’t take Carol Vorderman to work out that the maths doesn’t quite add up here.
The doctor basically sounds like Dr. Nick Riviera from The Simpsons and told Wang he could easily survive with just one kidney. Jumping forward to 2019, Wang is bedridden and requires constant care.
Although nine men were jailed in 2012, Wang needs regular dialysis to stay alive and is probably regretting his decision. Now 24, Wang has been awarded compensation amounting to £169,000 — just think of all the iPads he can buy . If I was him though, I’d be buying myself a new kidney.
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