Web Desk: Mobile phone has become the status symbol. An iPhone user is characterized as ‘a rich dude’. Well, iPhones don’t come in cheap, and there has always been a joke flying around the Apple flagship pocketables — ‘you need to sell a kidney to buy one of those shiny things.’
Around 7 years ago, a 17-year-old Chinese student was desperate to get himself an iPhone 4. Reason — it was the popular trend around school and that a few many students owned one of the Apple handsets. And everyone wanted one for sure. Xiao Wang wanted one too, but could not afford it. So he planned to trade-off one of his own kidney to get that Apple-Logo’ed smartphone for himself.
He decided to head to an underground hospital in China, who promised him that everything would be carried out with care and that he would lead a normal life as usual, with only one kidney. So he sold one kidney, which fetched him just enough to afford one iPhone 4, that he always desired.
According to a report from a Chinese daily, the kidney extraction surgery offered him $3,200, just enough to buy himself the Apple iPhone 4.
His surgery was not a successful one and has now placing him in bed for the rest of his life. His wounds did not heal well, got infected and eventually affected his kidney too/
Apple’s iPhones are getting ridiculously expensive, and with teens today wanting to flaunt one to their friends, it won’t be a surprise if we could soon be hearing many more similar incidents ahead.