Teen Sells His Kidney For A New iPhone, Left Bedridden For Life

Teen Sells His Kidney For A New iPhone, Left Bedridden For Life

"Why do I need a second kidney? One is enough."

As teenagers, many of us have done things that we weren't so proud of but one teenager from China took it a little too far by selling one of his kidneys for an iPhone. The 17-year-old boy, Wang Shangkun, desperately wanted an iPhone but didn't have the means to afford one. However, his determination to own one led him to consider a few unusual options, the dangers of which he seemed to be unaware of. 

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Without having to try too hard, Shangkun found 'people' who were ready to buy his kidney for a lump sum, Shangkun was at the time confident that he could live without a kidney but not the iPhone. The teen then sold his kidney for about $3,200 to black market organ harvesters and not only was he able to buy an iPhone but an iPad as well, reported Epoch Times. At the time the teen reportedly said, "Why do I need a second kidney? One is enough."

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The cost of making such a deal for temporary pleasures is very high and very damaging. The boy is now bedridden and is fighting to survive each day with kidney failure. Wang, who is 27 now has to permanently rely on dialysis, Fox News reported. 

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Due to lack of hygiene at the location where the surgery took place coupled with a lack of postoperative care, Shangkun developed infections that led to kidney failure. The boy had no option but to drop out of college and live on social benefits. The parents were unaware of the incident. "At the time, I wanted to buy an iPad, but I didn’t have any money," admitted Shangkun, according to local papers. "When I was on the Internet, I had a kidney agent send a message, saying that selling a kidney can give me 20,000." Reports also added that the teen was driven by his need to show off an expensive phone and tablet to his friends.

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Nine people were arrested in connection to the case and five people were jailed including the surgeons who harvested Shangkun's kidney. Shangkun's family was awarded some money as compensation. Social media users were quick to react to the incident, a user wrote, "You know you always hear the joke about selling your kidney or body part for an Apple product. But I never thought I'd see the day when it actually happened," while another said, "This is just terrible! Kids do stupid things but to have this be the rest of his life is unimaginable! I’m really glad to read that those in connection with the incident were arrested and jailed! I think they should all be tested for being a match and whoever is the lucky draw has to give up their own kidney!"