Five people in Chenzhou city in Hunan Province face charges of the illegal trading of a kidney from a teenager who bought an iPhone and an iPad with the earnings, Xinhua reported. The five have been charged with causing intentional injury.
Defendant He Wei, who was penniless and frustrated over gambling debts, sought to make enormous earnings through illegal kidney trading. He asked Yin Shen to look for donors through online chat rooms and Tang Shimin to lease an operating room from Su Kaizong, the contractor of a local hospital's urology department.
Song Zhongyu, a surgeon from a hospital in Yunnan Province, conducted the kidney transplant from a 17-year-old high school student, surnamed Wang, to a recipient in April last year. He received about 220,000 yuan for the activity and gave Wang 22,000 yuan.
Wang now suffers from renal insufficiency and his condition is deteriorating.
(China.org.cn April 9, 2012)