Chinese man disabled for life after selling kidney to buy iPhone 4

Chinese man disabled for life after selling kidney to buy iPhone 4

- A 24-year-old Chinese, Xiao Wang, has been disabled for life after he sold a kidney to acquire an iPhone

- He had contacted an illegal hospital for the operation without the knowledge of his parents

- Wang reportedly sold the kidney for $3,200 when he was 17 years

A young Chinese man, Xiao Wang, is reportedly disabled for life after he sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone 4.

Wang had the operation to remove the kidney when he was 17 years old without the knowledge of his parents, and now that he was 24, the decision had affected him badly.

According to a report sighted by on, the doctor assured him of a normal life with just one kidney, but almost eight years on, Wang is permanently disabled and dependent on dialysis.

Chinese man disabled for life after selling kidney to buy iPhone 4

Xiao Wang. Photo credit: Techweez
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According to the report, the iPhone 4 was Apple’s flagship smartphone and a status symbol at Xiao Wang’s school in Chengzhou, China back in 2011.

But because he came from a poor family and his parents could not afford to buy him the trendy gadget, the desperate boy decided to sell one of his healthy organs in order to get his hands on enough money to buy the iPhone.

With help from a middleman, Wang allegedly got in touch with shady characters who specialised in trading organs on the black market and agreed to sell one of his kidneys for 22,000 yuan ($3,200), more than enough to buy the iPhone 4 he so badly desired.

The 17-year-old figured that he only needed one of his kidneys to survive and the dubious doctor he met before the operation confirmed that he would be able to lead a normal life with just one of his organs.

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The procedure was reportedly carried out in an illegal hospital in Chenzou, and even though it was considered a success at the time, health complications arose soon after.

Unfortunately, the operating environment wasn’t sanitised properly, which led to an infection on his wound,” the report stated.

Worse still, Wang’s family were kept in the dark about his kidney removal operation and only found out about it when the teen couldn’t hide his health problems any longer,” it added.

It was also established that because he did not dare tell his parents what he had done (and what for), the infection spread to his remaining kidney, and by the time his family took him to a proper hospital for treatment, the damage to his kidney was so severe that the only possible way to ensure his survival was permanent dialysis.

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Xiao Wang has spent most of his life since then in bed, dependent on the dialysis machine that is keeping him alive but at the same time greatly shortening his life-span.

After hearing Wang’s story about how he sold his kidney on the black market to buy an iPhone 4, his parents tracked down and sued the middleman and the doctor who performed the operation.

They eventually received a sizable compensation of 2.2 million yuan ($320,000) most of which has been spent on the 24-year-old’s expensive treatments and drugs.

It’s unclear if Xiao Wang ever got to buy that iPhone he traded his kidney for, or if he still has it.

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