In 2011, a then-17-year-old Wang sold one of his kidneys to black market organ harvesters for the equivalent of less than $3,300 (or 22,000 Yuan) so that he could afford the latest Apple products. He later purchased an iPad 2 and an iPhone 4.
According to China Network Television, Wang had long dreamed of buying the tablet to impress his friends but his family, who lived in one of the poorest provinces in the country, was unable to afford it.
Human organ harvesters eventually contacted Wang in a chat room and offered him cash for his kidney.
“Why do I need a second kidney? One is enough,” Wang said at the time.
Without telling any of his family, Wang secretly traveled from Anhui province to the south of Hunan province, where his right kidney was removed in an operation and given to an unknown recipient.
Upon returning home with his brand new gadgets, his suspicious mother forced him to confess.
But Wang’s real trouble began when his health began sharply deteriorating due to the unsanitary conditions of his surgical procedure and the lack of postoperative care that followed. In a matter of months, an infection of Wang’s remaining kidney led to outright organ failure, forcing Wang to give up school.
Eight years later, Wang is in such a severe state that he’s likely to live the remainder of his life confined to his bed, requiring dialysis every day to clear his blood of toxins as a result of his kidney failure.