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Chinese Teen Sells Kidney for iPad 2, Laptop

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A Chinese teen secretly sold one of his kidneys for an iPad 2 and a laptop.

A 17-year-old teenage boy in the Anhui province in eastern China has reportedly sold a kidney in order to purchase Apple's new iPad 2. Somehow the organ was surgically removed without his parents' knowledge or consent, and sold for a total of RMB22,000 (roughly $3K USD) to a company seeking organs in an online advertisement.

"I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn't have the money," the boy told Shenzhen TV in the southern province of Guangdong, "When I surfed the internet, I found an advert posted online by an agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 to buy a kidney."

After striking a deal with the company, the boy secretly headed north to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province. There the kidney was removed at a local hospital on April 28 which required an additional 3-day stay due to complications stemming from the surgery. He then returned home with one less body part but a shiny new iPad 2 (or iPhone 4) and a laptop.

Naturally his mother grew suspicious when she saw the new toys. "I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys," she told the TV station while revealing the boy's new scar (seen right).

She took the boy back to Chenzhou and reported the crime to the police. The hospital admitted to contracting out its urology department to a private businessman in Fujian, but denied that it performed surgery on the teen. To make matters worse, law enforcement has been unable to get in contact with the three agents the boy contacted through the online advertisement.

Unfortunately, given that the story just broke out, additional details surrounding the investigation have yet to be disclosed. still, would you sell an organ for a tablet and a laptop? Or is this "an extreme example of the rampant materialism of modern China" as some Shenzhen TV viewers have furiously stated?

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    SoiledBottom , June 3, 2011 2:34 AM
    Price's must have come down.....I always thought apple products cost an arm and a leg
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    sonofliberty08 , June 3, 2011 1:28 AM
    fanboism fault
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    blubangg , June 3, 2011 1:14 AM
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    stonedatheist , June 3, 2011 1:11 AM
    How stupid can people be? Technology is constantly evolving and there's always gonna be another new device around the corner. Your kidney(s), however, is vital and u will have forever. Sent from my new Asus Transformer (which I didn't have to sell a vital organ for)
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    blubangg , June 3, 2011 1:14 AM
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    amk09 , June 3, 2011 1:17 AM
    Nothin' but a stupid person being stupid.

    Any intelligent person in their right mind would have delayed the surgery for a few more months and waited for the Xoom 2. Tsk tsk.

    All jokes aside, I wouldn't buy the Ipad 2 even if I had an unlimited source of funds...I don't see why this idiot would go to such great lengths in order to get one. Blows my effing mind.
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    Marco925 , June 3, 2011 1:25 AM
    And i want to go back to computex in Taipei, but i can't be selling organs i can't replace....

    if there is no more of me. then i cant do anything.
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    sonofliberty08 , June 3, 2011 1:28 AM
    fanboism fault
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    legacy7955 , June 3, 2011 1:40 AM we know that contrary to what the stereotype there are really dumb Asians in existence .

    I suppose that youth is somewhat to blame but by the time you are 17 you either have some common sense or you don't.
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    house70 , June 3, 2011 1:48 AM
    this is sad.
    This kid has no idea of what he did, he pretty much ruined his life for a stupid toy. this is what ignorance does to people, and why education is still the most important asset we can ensure for our kids. Politicians everywhere, including in US, should pay close attention to this, and quit bickering about the cost of education.
    As I said before, global population increases, but the amount of common sense remains the same...
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    fakie , June 3, 2011 2:13 AM
    sell more body parts when shinier stuff / ipad 3 comes out?

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    Anonymous , June 3, 2011 2:20 AM
    Ge didnt ruin his life but come on his parents didn't reliaze he was gone for 3 days?
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    memadmax , June 3, 2011 2:30 AM
    I'd give my left nut for an iPad....... well, no not really.......
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    frye , June 3, 2011 2:33 AM
    Only $3000? Kidneys are worth $50,000+
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    SoiledBottom , June 3, 2011 2:34 AM
    Price's must have come down.....I always thought apple products cost an arm and a leg
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    molo9000 , June 3, 2011 2:56 AM
    fryeOnly $3000? Kidneys are worth $50,000+

    Sadly, nobody told the boy that. 3grand is more than an average yearly income in China.

    I wonder how many teenagers in the developed world would sell a kidney for 50grand.
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    bonezy , June 3, 2011 3:05 AM
    The spam posted in these comments, especially in this article, is insulting.
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    j1273dds , June 3, 2011 3:07 AM
    just goes to show what chinese are willing do for apple products, when there the ones manufacturing it.
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    Darkerson , June 3, 2011 3:30 AM
    That is totally nuts...
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    the_krasno , June 3, 2011 3:39 AM
    Too bad the kid didn't die, he would have earned a Darwin Award too!
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    dimar , June 3, 2011 3:50 AM
    What is he going to sell next when he realizes that he needs to buy apps, a case, and some other "cool" accessories..?
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    Anonymous , June 3, 2011 3:57 AM
    This is a sad example of how people's ego make bad decisions. He can live with one kidney OK so he's probably not affected his health much and selling a spare body organ for a year's salary does kinda make sense to me. What is sad is that he then blew all of that money on some electronic gadgets that will have little real value. In five years time what will he have to show for this? If he'd used the money to build himself a business or something that would benefit him for his whole life I'd consider it a potentially good move, but not this...
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    alidan , June 3, 2011 3:59 AM
    molo9000Sadly, nobody told the boy that. 3grand is more than an average yearly income in China.I wonder how many teenagers in the developed world would sell a kidney for 50grand.

    im 23
    my kidney is 60k+
    my liver is 300k+ (part of it, cant have whole thing)
    and my lung is 500k+

    and dont get me wrong, i know what im doing, i dont drink, so the main reason people need all their organs in tact doesnt matter to me, i also done excersize but am still in pretty good shape, so genitics are great, also means i can spare a lung.

    now with the 850k minimum i would have from selling organs, i would invest in stock market. usualy i can see a great idea, and jump on the stock before it goes and raises by a whole lot (i saw the apple, and google stock about to rise rediculsy before they did. if i would have had control of my stock at the time, i would be a millionaire easily.

    however there are no stocks like that atm, so... i would just be collecting intrest of about 40-70k a year....
    basicly means i never have to work again in my life....

    i would gladly risk 3 surgeries and and death to have the CHANCE at never working, and if everything failed, i have about 16 to 24 years of money, depending on how i spend it. so either way i get to do nothing for a LONG a$$ time
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