DOH warns against ‘kidney for iPhone’ memes

The Department of Health (DOH) reminded the public that selling kidneys and other internal organs is dangerous and illegal after the “kidney for iPhone” meme went viral on social media.

The DOH is also concerned about posts about the online sale of internal organs.


“Gusto ko lang ipaalala sa ating mga kababayan, huwag na huwag ninyong gagawin na pumapasok kayo doon sa mga grupong nagbebenta ng kanilang lamang loob,” said DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire.

(I just want to remind everyone, don’t ever do that you go into groups that sell their internal organs.)

It will be remembered that this Thursday, 8, Apple released the latest iPhone 14 as the “most innovative pro lineup yet.”


The star of the new iPhone 14 is the “emergency SOS via satellite feature,” which allows users to establish a connection to a satellite to send texts from remote locations.

According to Apple’s website, the new model’s price ranges from P57,000 to P71,000.

After Apple’s announcement, various posts appeared on social media that made jokes or memes about the alleged sale of cell phones.


DOH warns against ‘kidney for iPhone’ memes

“Once your kidney is ripped meron din ‘yang kaakibat na risk for you, you go through an operation para tanggalin, pagkatapos, iinom ka na rin ng gamot for you to maintain para napo-proseso at naiaayos ang katawan mo because you removed one of your kidneys.”

(Once your kidney is ripped, there is also an associated risk for you, you go through an operation to remove it, then you will also take medicine for you to maintain so that your body can process and repair itself because you removed one of your kidneys.)

Vergeire added that the DOH would continue to monitor the issue, and the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation would investigate it to identify the individuals who are spreading the posts.

In 2008, investigative reports showed that some Filipinos in need of money were selling their kidneys for around P160,000 or $2,800 today.
According to the Philippine Society of Nephrology, an organization whose members are renal experts, the Philippines is considered to be one of the “hot areas” in the world for the of human organs.
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