The 17-year-old boy was approached in an online chatroom and paid £2,200 ($3500) for his kidney to be used in an illegal transplant operation, the reports claim.
Prosecutors in Chenzhou city, Hunan province, announced that now the teen suffers from renal deficiency and his health is deteriorating.
Five people from southern China have been charged with intentional injury and illegal organ trading, including the surgeon who removed the boy’s kidney in April 2011, writes The Telegraph.
After the boy had his kidney removed last April, he bought the iPhone and iPad, and returned. When she asked him where he’d gotten the money to make the purchases, he admitted to selling a kidney.
A woman on duty Saturday at the Chenzhou Beihu District People’s Procuratorate in Hunan province confirmed that prosecutors are handling the case and that the defendants are facing charges of intentional injury.
She refused to give her name and referred further questions to the city-level procuratorate’s media office, where phone calls rang unanswered.
As reports the local news agency, one of the defendants received about 220,000 yuan (about £22,000 or $35000) to arrange the transplant.
He paid the teen 22,000 yuan (£2,000 or $3200) while the rest of the money was given to the surgeon, the three other defendants and other medical staff. However, it is unclear who received and paid for the kidney.
Black market organ trading is growing as the disparity between the number of kidneys available and the number of Chinese needing transplants rises.
According to Health ministry statistics, about 1.5 million people in China need transplants, but only around 10,000 transplants are performed annually.
Executed prisoners remain the main source of organs used in transplant operations, Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu was quoted by state media as saying last month. He added that this was because few Chinese people voluntarily donate their organs for operations.
As a result, only a few of the Chinese people who need transplants are able to get them, which leads to “transplant tourism” where patients travel overseas for such operations. China banned the trading of human organs in 2007, Xinhua said.
“Without facing complete hardship, these young people born after the 1990s made rash decisions. In the choice between their bodies and materialism, they resolutely chose the latter,” the official Communist Party newspaper Guangming Daily said in an editorial late last month about the Southern Daily report.
“In today’s society where desires are infinite and demands are boundless … blindly competing with others in the pursuit of high-end ‘technology’ will gradually ruin lives,” it said.
Last year another 17-year-old Chinese student from Huaishan City sold his kidney to buy iPad-II. The teen said he couldn’t afford an iPad 2 and wanted one rather badly. He said he was contacted by an online broker who told him he could get 22,000 Yuan (just under $3,400) for his kidney.