“This tragic story has been flying around the internet for the past few days. The story was broken in the western press by Reuters who described a 17-year old named Wang from Hunan who was paid $3,500 for his kidney which was subsequently sold for $35,000 to a patient in need of a transplant. The story originally surfaced last April (strangely his name at that time was reported as Zheng, but so many of the details line up I’m certain this is the same kid) but now that five people are being prosecuted and poor Wang is suffering from renal insufficiency the story is “hot” again. Apparently Wang will likely need a kidney transplant of his own soon. The part of the story that irritates me is the implication that donating the kidney is the cause of Wang’s failing kidney. This is implied and to the lay person it makes total sense. God gave you two kidneys. You better not donate one or you could end up needing a transplant yourself. This is the wrong conclusion. Donating a kidney does not increase your risk of dialysis, transplant or poor quality of life.”
- Precious Bodily Fluids: You hear about the kid who sold his kidney for an iPad?
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