Teenager Sells His Kidney to Buy an iPad 2

Jun 2, 2011 - 15 Comments

Kidney iPad 2

Some stories are so outrageous they are hard to believe, and this is a big WTF: a 17 year old boy in China sold his kidney to an organ broker so that he could buy an iPad 2.

As if this story didn’t sound bad enough, now comes the extra bad part; the hospital that performed the kidney extraction was not qualified to do so, and now the kid is sick, missing a kidney, and his parents are understandably upset and have opened a police investigation.

ShanghaiDaily quotes the teenager saying:

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

20,000 yuan is $3085, and the boy supposedly ended up buying both an iPad 2 and an iPhone with the money.

You can watch the video of a Chinese news report below, it shows the hospital and even the kids surgical scar:

When I first heard about this I figured it was an elaborate hoax, but now several more reports have corroborated the story. Wow.


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  1. This is really crazy, imagine the extent some people can go to get things done. The person that bought the kidney should be prosecuted really

  2. Happy Catz says:

    Unreal…. and purely STUPID! I would have thought that you needed parental (even governmental permission in a communist country where all males enter the service for a number of years) permission for something like that…. Or did they actually OK the procedure?!?

    *thanks God one more time to be born in such a great country*

  3. joe says:

    so freaking stupid. such a kid’s thought

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  5. c3dr1k says:

    What is wrong with people??

  6. Moonbeam says:

    It was probably AndroidFTW. He loves him some Apple gear!

  7. Mike says:

    This article made me very sad. How on earth would you value an iPad, or any other material thing on this earth above your own health? I don’t get it.

    • Alberto says:

      You can live absolutely normally with only one kidney.
      The problem is if the only one you have get some damage ;)

      • Jon says:

        It´s not that simple, you will still be at risk for certain problems, and there will be certain things you can’t do, or things that you need to be careful with.

        One thing is for sure… a kidney is worth more than a million ipad Air 2.

  8. Austin says:

    For that kind of money, I would’ve gone all out and grabbed myself a Mac Pro

  9. Rafael says:

    It’s not that WTF at all, people. This is China, after all.

  10. Nick says:

    Does he have a computer to plug it into? Oops… there goes the other kidney then…

  11. Alberto says:

    For the iPad 3 he will sell the brain (if he has one)…

  12. motionblurred says:

    Hard to believe this is true. It is pure insanity. What body part would he sell for the iPad 3?

  13. aries says:

    ridiculous on so many levels

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