Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

Summary: Want an iPad 2 but lack the funds? Do what this Chinese teenager did and sell your kidney to buy one.

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There are Apple fans, and then there are real Apple fans.

Count 17 year-old Chinese student "Zheng" as a member of the latter camp. Zheng is the new owner of a brand new iPad 2, which the Anhui Province resident received through the unlikeliest of means: By trading one of his own kidneys.

Both The Global Times and Shanghi Daily report the story, which begins when Zeng is contacted online by a bona fide organ broker. Zheng, clearly enticed by the notion of finally owning an iPad 2,  underwent the surgery on April 28th, exchanging the extracted organ for 22,000 yuan ($3393).

Suffice it to say that Zheng's mom wasn't happy with the trade, and made honest maternal efforts to get the police to help retrieve her son's irreplacable body part. No dice, of course, because the kind broker who arranged the trade was sadly also the kind of organ broker who keeps his phone in a perpetually off state.

Now, Zheng, stricken with sickness after the surgery, regrets his decision, especially after finding out that the hospital where he stayed wasn't actually qualified to remove his kidney in the first place.

Now the question is, are there any apps for searching for kidney donors?

Topics: iPad, Mobility

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  • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

    He should have donated his brain instead. It's not like he was using it.
    Aerowind
    • LOL!

      @Aerowind

      :)
      Will Pharaoh
    • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

      @Aerowind Your post is great!
      AdonisSMU
    • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

      His brain??? Now way. Hard to find a buyer for a brain like that.

      @Aerowind
      Techtoo
      • Brain

        @Techtoo
        That's easy, just name it Abi-normal
        gomer70
    • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

      @Aerowind
      I agree with you on all accounts, brain and kidney! Well said!
      Destin-y
      • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

        @Destin-y Sounds like the makings of a pie. Not a pie I'd eat but I've heard of it.
        Snowsong
    • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

      @Aerowind So you're saying he's also a bad person? You're now saying even though he knew he was stupid but he still donated his brain.
      m3kw9
      • Huh???

        @m3kw9 Sounds like english ain't your first language :| get a better comprehession of english then you'll understand what he meant and why your comment makes no sense.
        MrElectrifyer
    • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

      @Aerowind LMAO :D
      MrElectrifyer
    • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

      @Aerowind
      Can't believe you have nothing better to do but criticize a very unfortunate and bad decision. I'm sure there is more to this story than told...like how financially stricken his family may be. Why else would he be selected. Very SAD, not funny at all.
      anthony.smith@...
      • Really, that's your argument?

        @anthony.smith@...
        How can you come up with that? If he is in such financial dire need, why the heck is he buying an iPad2? take the money and feed your family and we wouldn't know anything about it. Not sad... not funny, but certainly not sad, just STUPID!
        riveroad
  • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

    Great. Apparently your life is worth an iPad. Re-re, here's your sign! Maybe God will give you an iPad once you pass away from your idiotic mistake.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

      @Cylon Centurion

      I think most people are missing the point here. The real issue wasn't the kidney for a Ipad and some cash. It was the hopsital wasn't qualified to remove oragans. So the procedure was probably done wrong and the boy now has an infection.

      Of course this is China and if this organ broker is caught he'll probably be executed for the bad rep it gives China. Just like they did with the baby formula poisoning. They executed a person for that too.
      voska1
      • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

        @voska1 - in the US, the same broker would be given a bonus.
        HypnoToad72
    • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

      @Cylon Centurion These type of moves is no different than most DUMB crimes/action committed on impulse of the moment.
      m3kw9
      • RE: Chinese boy trades kidney in exchange for iPad 2, regrets it

        @m3kw9 Yeah. If he were shot in the kidney robbing a convenience store for the money to get an iPad 2 we wouldn't bat an eyelash.
        Snowsong
  • Unfortunate

    I see this occasionally in my field. Though I see the flip side, Americans seeking out low cost surgeries in other countries, and sometimes these go horrifically wrong. I suppose it's asking to much to at least hope the kidney was transplanted by someone competant to do so? Porbably not, so lose-lose all around.
    oncall
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      dansan1
  • Steven Jobs promoted organ donorship, but obviously not for such causes

    The only positive outcome of this horribly story is that someone might have his/her life saved -- even though buying organs for transplantation on black market is highly questionable doing morally.
    DDERSSS