A man in his 30s was seen perched up on a tree near a Beijing hospital on Friday trying to auction off his own kidney.
Firemen and police rushed to the scene to handle the commotion, which resulted in a big traffic jam near the hospital, EaseNet News reports.
After three hours of persuasion, workers used a crane to bring the man down from the tree by force. Throughout the “rescue”, the man resisted police and even kicked some firemen. Very poor salesmanship.
A witness told Sina News that the man had been loitering near the hospital earlier, saying that he wanted to sell his kidney. When no one responded to him, he climbed up on some tree branches to attract people’s attention.
An elderly man came and joined the police in persuading the man to get down from the tree, which reportedly made him even more agitated. The witness said the elderly man is the kidney-peddler’s father.
Illegal kidney trading is especially problematic in China, where demand for organs vastly outweighs supply. The World Health Organization estimates that 10,000 black market operations involving human organs take place each year, according to a The Guardian report from 2012.
Poor people in China occasionally turn to selling their own kidney as a way to make cash, and a few underground clinics offer to carry out the illegal business. In 2011, an Anhui teenager sold his kidney for an iPad 2. In this August, a woman accused a Shenzhen hospital of organ trafficking after doctors removed her kidney during an operation.
By Dina Li