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Five charged over kidney for iPhone trade

Five people have been charged with illegal organ trading after a teenager sold a kidney to buy an iPhone and an iPad.

Those held include a surgeon, a hospital contractor and brokers who look for donors online.

The state-run Xinhua news agency claims the group received $35,000 (£22,000) for the transplant in Chenzhou in April 2011.

The 17-year-old student, identified as Wang, is reported to be suffering renal failure.

He is believed to have received $3,000 for his kidney.

About 1.5 million people in China need transplants but only 10,000 are performed a year.

Belfast Telegraph