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Thursday, 02 June 2011 14:08

Teenager sells kidney to buy iPad2

Written by Nick Farell

Buys from a bloke with a recycled liver
A Chinese teen has proven that he is Apple fanboy of the year by selling his kidney to get an iPad2. According to the Daily Telegraph the 17-year-old boy, !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.

The kidtravelled north to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province where the kidney was removed at a local hospital which discharged him after three days, paying a total of RMB22,000 for the organ. The boy, who has suffered complications following the surgery, returned home but was unable to keep what he had done from his mother.

His mother was not a fanboy she thought he had bought a laptop and iPod with the cash. It was all illegal of course but when the mother took the son back to Chenzhou to report the crime to the police, the mobiles of the three agents that Zheng had contacted were all switched off. The hospital had contracted out its urology department to a private businessman who denied any knowledge of the surgery.

Of course the boy has his shiny toy which will be out of date in a year. His kidney however should have lasted him a lifetime.

Apple products are seen as a badge of wealth and sophistication. But there are concerns that they are a sign of a poor moral standard amongst the Chinese youth. Certainly they are becoming as shallow as Americans.

Nick Farell

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+6 #1 123s 2011-06-02 14:28
Srs bsns !
+44 #2 Marburg_U 2011-06-02 14:36
Unfortunately there is not an app for a kidney. Yet.
+65 #3 Seraphim401 2011-06-02 14:42
He's gonna feel really stupid when the iPad 3 comes out :-*
+103 #4 Tranzz 2011-06-02 14:46
He was lucky to get one, I heard they cost an arm and a leg
+33 #5 Alterecho 2011-06-02 15:04
What happens when iPhone 5 comes out? At this rate this boy will disappear from the face of the Earth.
+15 #6 Bl0bb3r 2011-06-02 15:09
Reminds me of that one images at 3DS launch, there was an asian guy smiling for the camera, happy he got his nintendo, but barely had any teeth in his mouth.
+23 #7 Liquid 2011-06-02 15:45
Im sure apple wont mind
+37 #8 Haberlandt 2011-06-02 16:20
Do we need any other proof that Apple fanboys' minds are messed up?
+46 #9 gsacks 2011-06-02 16:22
The joke comments keep coming in, but step back from the humor for a second. This is a sad story of a youth being taken advantage of by unscrupulous grey market transplant organ operators. Yes, he exercised extremely poor judgement, but that is what teenagers do all the time. He's going to have to live with this decisions for the rest of his life. A life that will now probably be shorter.
+21 #10 iicsus 2011-06-02 16:23
Quoting Tranzz:
He was lucky to get one, I heard they cost an arm and a leg

This deserves more than a thumb up. A written appreciation: good one!

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