Seven years after trading his kidney for an Apple iPhone 4, Xiao Wang is permanently disabled

Seven years after trading his kidney for an Apple iPhone 4, Xiao Wang is permanently disabled
Back in 2011, a young man in China was dying for an Apple iPhone 4, which was the company's hot new phone at the time. 17-year old Xiao Wang made a deal that gave him enough cash to purchase the device, but at a very high cost. Wang sold one of his kidneys for the equivalent of $3,200 USD, which was more than enough for him to purchase the iPhone 4. The handset had become a status symbol at Wang's school, which is why he wanted one so badly.

According to Asia Online (translated, via iDrop News), the operation was performed at an underground hospital; Wang was told afterward that after a week of recovery, he'd be able to "live a normal life" with just the one kidney. But the operating room was not sanitized properly, and Wang soon developed an infection in the remaining kidney that made him deathly ill. And that is when Xiao's parents discovered what their son had done. While the Wang family didn't have the financial resources to buy the iPhone 4 that Xiao so coveted, things got worse when the family had to cover the cost of dialysis treatment.

Now 24, Xiao Wang will never live a normal life, and while he received a settlement from the hospital, he will need to continue with dialysis for the rest of his life, which will be shortened due to his illness. The moral of this story? It is better to purchase the things you want by paying with the fruits of your own hard earned labor instead of using a shortcut.

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129 Comments

1. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If anything this is a great story to show how some iPhone users are really dumb.

7. Alex_12

Posts: 36; Member since: May 30, 2018

No, it only shows that the person can't control his desires and probably didn't understand the real risk and cost, just was convinced that nothing gonna change.

8. midan

Posts: 2421; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

He was propably poor Android boy who wanted to fit in, people like you.

73. ibap

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Where did that thumb-down button go?

40. Vokilam

Posts: 939; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Well because this happened, As an iPhone user, I NOW know not to do that in the future.

42. Zylam

Posts: 1751; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

And what does that make you? The lowest form of degenerate that could exist because you think using a different mobile platform makes you smarter or more worthy then other people? It's such a sad story here and he was just a kid, kids make dumb choices and are not capable of seeing reason. But leave it to the trash Android crowd here to turn this into an iOS thing. I'm typing this from a Xiaomi.

84. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It is an iOS thing. The thing he wanted was ios. And claiming a 17 year man can't make a good decision? Really? At 17 I was working a full time job and the very next year I got my own apartment. Do teens make stupid decisions? Of course they do. Claiming he couldn't make a better one? Well so you think he wasn't old enough to go to a real and safe place to sell organs? He went to and underground place. You know....CHEAP!!!! The results were of his choice. And yes he made a bad one and now he's suffering for it. I don't feel sorry for him. You reap what you sow. He could have worked doe the money at 17. At 17 not only dis I have a full time job that didn't pay crap at 3.35hr, I also cut grass, washed cars and went to stores and helped people carry groceries to their car. I threw newspapers with a cart I built with my hands. He took what he thought was the quick and easy and he got burned. So sad too bad. I guess this proves how dumb fanatics in general are regardless of brand. But funny I've never read and article for selling organs to get an Android. This is what happens when status is more important than common sense.

96. Vancetastic

Posts: 553; Member since: May 17, 2017

It’s not an iOS thing, you ass. It’s a COOL BRAND thing. If your precious Samsung would have been the “in thing” in 2011, the result would be the same. Would you say he was dumb because he was a Samsung user? I think not. P.S. You’ve never read a similar Android story because Android has never been as cool as Apple. Deal with it.

116. Knownhost

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 13, 2017

A better man would reflect on the foolishness of youth instead of preening about his own accomplishments.

48. Leo_MC

Posts: 5917; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

When he made the donation he wasn’t an iPhone user ;).

2. Godlymansean

Posts: 255; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

wtf am I reading

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 1761; Member since: May 04, 2015

Isn't that Piyath's real name and picture?

4. alanrock

Posts: 200; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

The moral of this story? Don't buy overpriced crap !?

6. Godlymansean

Posts: 255; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

"Overpriced crap". Bout to pull out my 3 and outperform whatever you got lol

78. someguy2261

Posts: 216; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

So you only have 3 inches. That really sad.

5. sun0066

Posts: 246; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

really sad story

70. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Indeed, and what's even more saddening is watching trolls use this story to mock and attack orher people. Someone's death was turned into a joke and trolling msterial on PA!

9. boriqua2000

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

The moral of the story is that Americans aren't the only idiots that buy iphones

75. AmashAziz

Posts: 2867; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Buying iPhone doesn't make u an idiot. But saying what you just said does make you one.

85. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Buying an iPhone doesn't make you an idiot? Sure it does, if you try buying it for the wrong reasons. Like if you buy any product for status or to be accepted, then you are an idiot. That includes fancy cars you can't afford a house you can't afford and a phone you can't afford. In the US, you just end up with debt. A way better result then ending up with serious health issues.

87. maherk

Posts: 6544; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Says the fanboy who bought three Note 7 phones after Samsung admitted that they have faulty batteries. I wish I still have your imgur profile link just to show those who don't know you what blind fanboy you are, and also how obsessed you are with some of the people on this website, making gif clips off of there profile pictures.

118. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I'm not sure what the Note 7 has to do with this Who stood their kidney for a Note 7? 100 Note 7s out of 5M showed any issue No one else had an issue Regardless this isn't a fault hardware problem we are discussing here We are discussing how a fool, when to stranger who had a knife and fork, and he cut this man open, pulled out his kidney, and he didnt clean them after he ate with then and now this boy who is now a man is confined to a bed and very is making his family even more poor too take care of him He actually killed himself for a frikkin phone. That is dar and away different then owning a product that could have a flaw, that the vast majority didnt even experience. All you do is deflect with some stupid crap that hasn't nothing to do with the said article. If I was his parents I be like, you about to suffer some tough love. Because of I couldn't afford to take care of him, I wouldnt. He didn't care about the risk he took or how it could screw him and his family. Let him suffer for it. I don't care what brand he did it for. This boy is no different that the stupid boys you see online, running and hoping from rooftop to rooftop. If one falls to his death, it will be what he deserved. I don't care what reason he was doing it, other than the building was about to fall. If you make a choice to do something stupid and risky, knowing your life could be in serious danger and you do it anyways; then whatever happens to you, whether you suffer an injury or you die, then to bad. That applies to me and anyone else. I'm not sure who you think you're talking too. But I don't have of have I've ever had an imgur account and I have never mad an animated GIF using someone's face.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3041; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Xiao Wang is an idiot, sorry to be so blunt. If the "in" phone would've been a Jitterbug he'd have done the same thing.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30520; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He was 17 bro, kids do stupid things at that age. I wouldn't call him an idiot, but I wouldn't have done what he did either.

28. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But aren't you smart enough to not do that at 17?

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 30520; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm not him, and neither are you. What happened to him, due to what he did is unfortunate, and can't be undone. There's no need for buts.

34. nodes

Posts: 1123; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

People will always make stupid things that they will regret. Especially at 17, it's a very fragile(mentally) stage.

86. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

So what do you call a spade? A diamond? He was an idiot. Stupid is as stupid dies. Being 17, is not excuse for making a terrible decision. Even if teens do stupid stupid, he had better alternatives.

108. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3041; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There were more than a few "kids" his age and younger who fought and died in WWII, Korea and 'Nam - as volunteers. Developmentally, there's no difference between a 17 and 18 year-old. At 18 you're an adult in most industrialized nations. We have to stop making excuses for the dumbing down of our kids.

11. warrenellis93

Posts: 523; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Poor guy, i dont get joy from peoples mistakes.

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