Friday, 6 April 2012

Chinese Teen Sells His kidney for an iPad 2

A Chinese teenager has been reported to have sold one of his kidneys to acquire the new iPad 2. The boy,17 identified only by his surname, "Zheng", confessed to his mother that he had sold the kidney after spotting an online advertisement offering cash to anyone prepared to become an organ donor.

He said "I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn't have the money". However, he surfed the net looking for how to get one easily without much demands  then found an advert posted online by an agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 to buy a kidney.

After negotiations the operation was done at a local hospital and he was discharged after three days.

The boy, who has suffered complications following the surgery, returned home but was unable to keep what he had done from his mother. When he got home on the third day, he had a laptop and a new Apple handset and this made his mother curious to know where he got the money to buy the gadgets. He confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys."

The mother took her son to Chenzhou, Hunan Province where the kidney was removed to report the crime to the police, however, the mobiles of the three agents that Zheng had contacted were all switched off.

Trading organs online is a common practice in China, despite repeated attempts by China's government to stamp out the practice. Last year Japanese television reported that a group of "transplant tourists" had paid £50,000 to receive new kidneys in China.

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