Man sells kidney for iPad, iPhone

An Atlanta woman enjoys her iPad while her dog enjoys Piedmont Park. (AJC Photo/John Spink)

An Atlanta woman enjoys her iPad while her dog enjoys Piedmont Park. (AJC Photo/John Spink)

If you’re anything like me, you’ve often wondered how much a redundant internal organ would fetch on the open market.

In China, the answer is about $4,000.

Defendants in an illegal organ transplant trial cut that deal with 17-year-old Wang Shangkun, who used some of the money to buy an iPad and iPhone, reports the China Daily.

The gang that obtained the kidney was able to sell it for about $33,000. The article does not say what the gang paid a military surgeon to remove the kidney.

Wang, who is in poor health after the 2011 surgery, has been unable to attend the trial.

But his mother told the judge his sad tale.

“My son was tempted by the illegal organ traders and might have been afraid of getting caught with such a large amount of money, so he bought a cell phone and a tablet PC,” she says in the China Daily.

The black market for organs has no trouble finding sellers.

China’s Ministry of Public Security said 137 suspects were caught in a July crackdown on human organ trafficking. More than 120 “organ donors” were “rescued” from elective surgery, according to the China Daily article.

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Old Devil

August 10th, 2012
9:04 am

So how much am I bid for a liver? I have a friend who could use one, preferably a good one from a young person…

Abby Normal

August 10th, 2012
9:13 am

For a liver this baller would need one of the new Macbook Pros with that retina display thingie.


August 10th, 2012
10:43 am

This story is over a year old in china. Damn go find some real news you loser.

George Mathis

August 10th, 2012
11:09 am

The trial began yesterday. But thanks for the suggestion.


August 10th, 2012
11:28 am

Actually, about bidding for a liver….. You only have 1 liver so cannot give 1 of those away like you can a kidney having 2 of those but the good news- you can get a match for a liver and take part from a donor and give to the person who needs and the donor can have his liver regenerate. How great is that? Now for the bad news- high mortality rate for the donor in this case…..

Dana P.

August 10th, 2012
11:59 am

@ ha: You should get a life. @ George Mathis is doing his job. If this is old news to you, don’t read it and move on. Geez. I never heard this story before and I found it interesting. Thank you @ George Mathis.


August 10th, 2012
12:37 pm

That was just stupid! There is no other way to describe his actions…now he can’t even enjoy the items he purchased. NOTHING is worth selling your organs….that is so sad… :(


August 10th, 2012
12:39 pm

@Old Devil…well just tell your friend to STOP DRINKING…then maybe…just maybe their liver would heal. :)


August 10th, 2012
12:42 pm

No amount of $ in the world, is worth your health or happiness.


August 10th, 2012
2:10 pm

I ain’t that serious

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Free market solution

August 13th, 2012
1:02 pm

I expect a lot of grief for this observation, but in the organ transplant business, the ONLY person who does not come out ahead is the donor. The recipient obviously ends up with a new organ. The surgeon, the hospital, the anaesthesiologist, the nursing staff, the organ transport service, the organ matching service, the drug companies who will profit every day from anti-rejection drugs, etc. ALL make money on the deal. Yes, there are some who do pro bono work, but the system is designed to allow they all to make money on the deal. The only one in america who cannot is the donor or their family. Meanwhile, thousands languish on the lists awaiting organs.

You can come up with every reason why allowing someone to sell an organ is the wrong thing to do, but you all have no problems allowing some of the folks plenty of profit from the process. Why do you treat the donor with such disregard????