Teenager sells kidney for an iPad 2

Zheng's post operative scar

Zheng’s post operative scar

A 17-year-old student from China’s Anhui province wanted an iPad 2 so desperately that he decided to sell his own kidney to raise the funds to buy one.

Apple lovers worldwide are known for their devotion for any new products the company launches, often queuing for days when new products arrive on Apple store shelves. But the selling of body parts is a scary new level of devotion for a fan’s desire to own a new Apple product.

The student named Zheng told a local newspaper “I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it. A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan.”

Luckily, the “broker” did fulfill his promise and after the operation was completed on April 28, Zheng received his 20,000 yuan, which equates to a little over $3,000.

Zheng carried out his iPad 2 kidney donor plans secretly behind his mother’s back. When she saw his new technological gadgets, she discovered what he had done and promptly alerted authorities. They have been attempting to track down the buyers ever since.

Many worry that the ease in which this teenager was able to risk his life for a shiny new piece of technology will prompt even more young people to do the same. The impact of Zheng’s operation on his health remains to be seen, and there is nothing stopping rogue organ buyers from targeting youths and operating “back-door” operating theatres without regard for the overall safety of their “patients”.

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