August 10, 2012
Teen who sold kidney for iPad seeks compensation
A Chinese teenager wants compensation from the nine people who allegedly helped him sell his kidney so he could buy an iPad and an iPhone.
The 17-year-old, known only as Wang, is said to have suffered renal failure after his right kidney was removed by a surgeon in May 2011. The report did not say who the recipient of the organ was.
According to China's government-run Xinhua News Agency, one of the defendants received about 220,000 yuan (about $34,000 CAD) to arrange the removal and transplant. He paid Wang 22,000 yuan and split the rest with the other defendants, which include medical staff from the hospital where the operation took place.
The report said the boy responded to an online ad. His mother became suspicious when she saw her son's new Apple electronics and noticed his fresh scar.
Wang's lawyer is asking for 2.27 million yuan in compensation, reports CNN. The two-day hearing ended Friday, and a verdict is expected at a later date.
-- with files from Reuters