China's 'Kidney for an iPad' Trial Begins
According to a BBC report published this morning, five people have gone on trial in China for illegal organ trading and intentional injury after a student sold his kidney to buy an iPad and iPhone. The defendants include the surgeon who removed the kidney from the 17-year-old in the central province of Hunan. They face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. The teenager, who suffered renal failure after the transplant, was said to be too sick to attend the hearing. Official figures from the health ministry show that about 1.5 million people need transplants, but only 10,000 are performed annually. In October 2010, Steve Jobs joined California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in signing legislation to establish the U.S.’s first nationwide kidney donor registry.