Selling a kidney for an iPhone sounds like the perfect premise for a joke, and we have all seen funny memes depicting the same on social media.
Especially recently with the launch of the latest iPhone.
While most of us would laugh at the ludicrous idea, one Chinese man took it seriously and actually implemented it!
Back in 2011, 17-year-old Wang Shangkun sold his kidney on the black market and used the money to buy an iPhone 4 and iPad 2.
“Why do I need a second kidney? One is enough,” said Wang Shangkun
Now, nine years later, the 26-year-old man regrets his naïve decision. His remaining kidney failed and he is reportedly bedridden.
The man suffered renal failure in his second kidney after having one removed. It is said that it was due to the unsanitary conditions where the surgery took place.
In 2012, a total of nine individuals connected to the organ harvesting case were jailed for their involvement. Five surgeons involved with the procedure were among those convicted, according to Newsweek.
Now his condition is so severe that he’s been rendered bedridden, and requires daily dialysis to clear his blood of the toxins that his remaining kidney can no longer handle.
Doctors have said that Wang could now probably use a transplant of his own, according to Gizmodo. But Gizmodo also claims that human kidneys can fetch as much as $366,000 AUD on the black market—more than 80 times what Wang got for his.
China banned the trading of human organs in 2007, but a gap between the number of people needing transplants and the number of donors has fed an enormous black market.
Your thoughts? Do you also plan to sell your kidney in exchange for iPhone?
Well, you should not people!