Boy Sells Kidney to Buy iPad

The Shanghai Daily is carrying a story today about a local boy who’s now regretting some unnecessary surgery.

The 17-year-old student, referred to only as Zheng, sold one of his kidneys for 20 thousand yuan (~$3085 USD) so he could buy an iPad 2. “I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it,” said the boy. “A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan.”

As you might expect from someone who deals in black market organs, the broker who arranged the deal and the surgery has disappeared. The hospital where the surgery took place denies responsibility, and reports that the department that did the surgery had been contracted to a Fujian businessman.

via Shanghai Daily

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