At least nine people will face charges after helping a 17-year old teenager sell one of his kidneys, according to the Hunan Province court’s statement on Friday, August 10th. The high school student known only by his surname—Wang—allegedly sold his kidney just to be able to buy an iPhone and an iPad.
The removal of one of his kidneys happened way back April 2011. However, he is currently suffering from renal failure which could have been caused by improper and hasty procedure. While humans can live with only one kidney, according to medical practitioners, the risk of suffering from major renal dysfunction is a great possibility now that the organ that serves as a filter of the body is lacking and imbalance.
Among the nine defendants is a man named He Wei who was reportedly buried in debts he has acquired through gambling and was desperate enough to find financial gain via illegal kidney trade. Prosecutors on Thursday said that Wei allegedly recruited other members whom he gave the task to look for donors via online chat rooms.
Finding Wang was said to be easier than expected. So, he hired a surgeon from Yunnan provincial hospital that goes by the name of Song Zhongyu, according to the prosecutors’ statement. Zhongyu allegedly did the operation of taking one of Wang’s kidneys and transplant it into an unknown recipient.
Other defendants involved in the illegal kidney trade were also employees of Yunnan provincial hospital since the operation was conducted in the same institution. The proceeds of the operation were divided unevenly to the people involved. Su Kaizong, the contractor of the urology department of the hospital and was also involved in the illegal act, allegedly received 60,000 yuan or around US$9,400; Song received 52,000 yuan; He Wei was given 56,360 yuan and the other two defendants reportedly received smaller amounts.
The kidney donor, Wang, said to have received 22,000 yuan which he used to buy a unit of iPhone and iPad. His attorney demands compensation as high as 2.27 million yuan and the likelihood that the defendants maybe found guilty are high. In 2010, Chinese criminal courts have 99.9% conviction rate, said U.S. State Department.