A Chinese teenager sold his kidney on the black market so he could buy an iPhone and iPad, leading to the arrest of five people involved in the illegal organ transplant.

A Chinese teenager sold his kidney on the black market so he could buy an iPhone and iPad, leading to the arrest of five people involved in the illegal organ transplant.

 
The 17-year-old was paid 22,000 yuan ($3,500) to have one of his kidneys surgically removed after he found brokers looking for donors online. This payment is only 10 percent of the 220,000 yuan ($35,000) the patient receiving the organ paid for the operation, showing how little the actual donor gets in these illegal trades.
 
Those who face charges, including intentional injury, are the surgeon, a hospital contractor and organ donor brokers. The man who orchestrated the entire deal, He Wei, is apparently in debt over a gambling problem and saw this as a quick and easy way to make money.
 
 
Black market organ transplants are becoming a growing problem in China, where only 10,000 of 1.5 million legal transplants occur each year, leaving the rest of the people to suffer and die, or avail of alternative measures to secure an organ.
 
This incident is only one of many where youths agree to become organ donors for small sums of money to buy iPhones, iPads and other gadgets, as well as to pay for debts, abortions and other costs. It has raised concerns over a growing trend to value devices over the human body, with teens making spur of the moment decisions that could greatly affect their entire life. If, for example, their other kidney fails, they could die, or could end up paying 10 or more times what they received in order to get a transplant, showing how little long-term thought is given by people who agree to undertake these procedures.