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Boy Sells Kidney For Ipad

A teen in China is making headlines worldwide after selling his kidney to buy an Apple Ipad 2.

According to The Shanghai Daily, the boy, 17-year-old Zheng from Huaishan City, couldn't afford an Ipad and got the idea to sell his bodily organ from an online broker.

The broker reportedly told the boy that he could get 22,000 Yuan nearly $3,400 US dollars for his kidney.

"I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it," said Zheng "A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan."



The boy reportedly had the surgery April 28 in Chenzou City after the broker arranged it without the permission of his parents.

When Zhang's mother found out, she alerted authorities and an investigation is said to be ongoing.

The broker has yet to be arrested.


Sometimes we do things then look back and wonder who we were when we did them.

This appears to be the case with a 17-year-old Chinese boy who reportedly decided that he would not give his right arm for an iPad 2, but he would give his right kidney.

I know, I know. It doesn't seem entirely sensible. On the other hand, you can live quite happily with just one kidney. It's a lot harder with, say, just one foot.

The way the Shanghai Daily tells it, the boy, from Huaishan City, said he couldn't afford an iPad 2 and wanted one rather badly. He said he was contacted by an online broker who told him he could get 22,000 Yuan (just under $3,400) for his kidney.



I'm fairly sure that the iPad 2 doesn't cost $3,400. So presumably the boy has saved a little for his future.


However, the Shanghai Daily reported that when his mother found out that her son had had his right kidney removed at Chenzhou No 198 Hospital, she informed the police.

Worse, the hospital reportedly doesn't have the proper facilities to perform such surgery, which lasts about three hours.

The police are reportedly investigating, while the teen's health is reportedly deteriorating. He now seems to be expressing regret.

One can only wish that he at least makes a full recovery and that, somehow and at some time, he can put into perspective the slightly extreme nature of this transaction.

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