We have often seen iPhone and kidney jokes, memes circulating on social media over the exorbitant prices of Apple products. Netizens, in a funny way, say that would have to sell his/her kidneys to purchase an iPhone. Also Read: Horrific: 4,000 pets Including dogs, cats, rabbits bought online found dead in China
However, what seems like a joke now, was actually a sad reality and with disastrous consequences! In 2011. A Chinese teenager who sold his kidney in 2011 to buy the latest Apple iPad and iPhone is now bedridden with organ failure for life, as per a Vice report.
Wang Shangkun was 17-years-old when he underwent surgery and sold his right kidney in the black market to buy the Apple products. Shortly after undergoing surgery, he began suffering from a decreased level of kidney function, news.com.au had reported. Also Read: More than 6000 people in China’s Lanzhou test positive for ‘Brucellosis’, details inside
“Shangkun had sold his kidney to black market organ harvesters in April 2011 where he received $4,500 Australian dollars. He purchased an iPhone 4 and iPad 2 with the money,” the report added. Also Read: ‘Walking’ Building in China! A 5-storey building in Shanghai relocated to a new location using Robotic Walking Machine
After having one removed, the man suffered renal failure in his second kidney. It is said that it was due to the unsanitary conditions where the surgery took place.
This shocking practice is quite common in China where black market organ transplant is a thriving business.
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