Earlier this year, we reported on a young man in China who was convinced to sell a kidney in exchange for money to get an iPhone and iPad. Now CNN is reporting that 9 individuals are on trial over the incident, which saw the boy get receive just a fraction of what the group was paid.
The prosecutors have charged He Wei, who is allegedly penniless from gambling debts, and recruited the others in the ring, as well as looked for victims online; Song Zhongyu, the surgeon who removed the kidney and implanted it in the recipient; and Su Kaizong, the contractor of the urology department of the hospital where the surgery happened. The other defendants include two nurses, a surgical assistant and an anesthesiologist who assisted in the procedure.
The boy received just 22,000 yuan — less than 1/3 what Su received. His attorneys have requested 2.7 million yuan in compensation (around $424,000).
What’s curious out of all of this, is that nothing has been mentioned about the person who received — and no doubt payed — for the kidney. The people named above only account for seven of the nine defendants, so maybe the recipient is among them. Or maybe someone in a very poor district who was wealthy enough to pay for a black market kidney has managed to keep themselves out of the legal limelight.