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Likelihood of conviction is estimated to be around 99.9 percent

Nine individuals are on trial in China for buying a kidney from a teenager who was looking for money to buy Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) popular iPad and iPhone.  

The 17-year-old surnamed "Zheng" had no college degree and would have made only around 1-1.5k RMB (CN¥) ($157-236 USD) per month, hence requiring several months of hard work (assuming he could save all his money) to pay for the slick devices.  Instead, the teenager chose to make a rash decision and sold his kidney in an illegal operation to purchase the slick status symbol.  The kidney was transplanted into a person of unknown nationality who has looked to skip donor wait lists via the black market.

When his mother found out, she was furious and retained a lawyer.  Her lawyer is requesting 2.27M RMB (CN¥) (~$357K USD) in compensation.

Prosecutors in the Beihu district court in the inland southeastern province of Hunan said that those involved "should be held criminally liable for intentional injury".  A 2010 U.S. State Department report estimates that 99.9 percent of people who stand trial in China are found guilty.

iPad buyer
A Chinese teen made the ultimate sacrifice for his i-products.  
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Surgeon Song Zhongyu reportedly made 52,000 RMB ($8,175 USD) off the transplant; Su Kaizong, the hospital urology dept. contractor, scored 60,000 yuan ($9,430 USD); and the go-between man He Wei received 56,360 ($8,860 USD).  He Wei is described as a man "penniless and frustrated over gambling debts."

Two other defendants also received smaller cuts -- their role was unclear. Two nurses, a surgical assistant, and an anesthesiologist from the hospital have also been charged for their roles in the operation, though it's unclear how much illegal compensation (if any) they received.  The victim received only 22,000 RMB (CN¥) ($3,460 USD), only about a tenth of the total money scored by the hospital staff.

That takes the defendant total to 9 individuals -- most of which have close ties to the district hospital.

Nine individuals -- mostly medical staff -- have been charged for the illegal operation.
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The hearing has finished and the defendants and prosecutors are now awaiting the verdict, which will almost certainly be "guilty".

Black market organ trade has been widely reported to be occuring in China, but this is one of the first times the issue has received significant attention from Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.

The human body can adapt to the loss of a kidney, but the problem posed by black market operations is that individuals are typically not screened for health risks [source] that could be inacerbated by the donation.  In the worst case, donation from an unhealthy donor could lead to failure of their remaining kidney, illness, and even death.

Source: CNN

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RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By TSS on 8/11/2012 5:16:11 AM , Rating: 3
I'm sorry but if you consider somebody who's willing to let one of his organs be cut out to get a new toy, especially an iProduct, not mentally retarded, then i don't know what is.

Nor would i consider anybody who would voluntarily let such a action be performed on him, of sound mind. It's not like they arrived on his doorstep "Right can we have your kidney then?".

It will never happen ofcourse, but i'd like to see this sued all the way to Apple themselves. For hyping the product up enough for this to happen. I mean how on earth did he ever come to belive those toys where more important then a kidney? In other words, why did he trade his kidney for an ipad/iphone and not a cheaper competitor's product?

Is an iPhone the thing to get, even if it costs you a kidney?

In the end though i feel no sorrow for the guy either. Like anybody cares what happens in china. The olympics are in london this year!

RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By GotThumbs on 8/11/2012 10:29:34 AM , Rating: 3
While I agree its nuts...many people today have already given up free will to own an Iproduct. This is just a more extreme example of how stupid people have become in obtaining "Stuff" to be part of some group or to be seen in a different light in their mind. How much stuff do people buy today that they could truly live without. Lots of stuff. Just look around at the fashionistas and the tech stuff they own. Who in their right mind pays hundreds of dollars for a headset....but look at the number of Beats by DRA headsets. Of course any intelligent person knows that celebrity is given them as a marketing ploy.

Generally speaking.....people are dumber these days. Just take a look around you when your in public. Lack of respect for others is rampant.

Best wishes,

RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By GenZ on 8/12/2012 11:56:04 AM , Rating: 2
Granted, the main motivation was an iProduct, but if you actually read, he made over $3000, in a place where his income amounted to $200 a day.

Sure he may have been immature enough to spend that on a toy, but that could have been life changing money over there if spent correctly.

RE: Embrace thy ignorance
By GenZ on 8/12/2012 12:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
Correction $200 a month

Typo, honest!

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