A Chinese man is permanently bedridden after selling one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone. In this representational image, an iPhone 4 is displayed above a Smart Sign inside an Apple Store in New York City, May 23, 2011. Daniel Barry/Getty Images

A Chinese man, who had sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone eight years ago, is now permanently bedridden.

Xiao Wang , 24, went absolutely gaga over the newly launched iPhone 4 and started looking for ways to make a quick buck, so that he could buy the phone of his dreams. He was then told that a human being required only one kidney to stay alive and accordingly, he sold one of his kidneys in the black market for organs in China, for the equivalent of $3,200 in order to buy the phone.

At the time of the operation, Wang was told that he would be able to lead a normal life after a week of recovery. However, the decision he took changed the course of his life forever, with him ending up in bed for the rest of his life.

The operating environment wasn’t sanitized properly, which resulted in an infection geting on to his wound, BGR reported.

His parents too, were kept in the dark about the surgery until his condition worsened.

Unfortunately, by the time he sought treatment at a reputable hospital recently, his other kidney too deteriorated and now he has to undergo dialysis for the rest of his life. His family too is suffering from financial crisis due to the expenses of his dialysis treatments.

After the news went viral in 2011, five people were charged with causing intentional injury .

In a similar incident in 2015, two Chinese men tried to sell their kidney to buy iPhone 6s. Both the men wanted to buy the phone but could not afford it. A friend of theirs suggested them to sell their kidney to get one. Accordingly, they found an illegal agent on the internet. They were told to get their medical examination done and when they reached the hospital, the agent did not turn up. Another friend asked them to stop the plan but when they did not agree, he informed the police.

Chinese are known to go to crazy lengths to buy Apple products. In another incident in 2013, a couple were charged for selling their baby and using the money to buy an iPhone. The couple put the toddler up, for adoption online in exchange for money. The mother then used the money to buy an iPhone. A case of human trafficking was filed against them.