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Chinese Teen Sells Kidney for iPad 2, 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?

  • stonedatheist
    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
    madness!!!
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  • amk09
    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
    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
    fanboism fault
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  • legacy7955
    Ha..now 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
    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
    sell more body parts when shinier stuff / ipad 3 comes out?

    idiot
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  • Ge didnt ruin his life but come on his parents didn't reliaze he was gone for 3 days?
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  • memadmax
    I'd give my left nut for an iPad....... well, no not really.......
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