A 17 year old Chinese teenager has reportedly sold his kidney to buy an Ipad 2.
The boy, who is only known by the surname Zheng, got the idea from an advertisement he saw online, offering 20,000RMB for a kidney. The boy travelled to Chenzhou to have the procedure carried out at a hospital, who discharged him three days later with 22,000RMB. He returned home, but started to suffer from complications – eventually having to confess what he had done to his mother.
Shenzhen TV reported Zheng’s mum, known as Miss Liu, as saying; “When he came back, he had a new laptop and Apple handset. I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed he had sold one of his kidneys.”
Miss Liu took her son back to Chenzhou to complain to police, but the contact details Zheng had for his agents no longer connected. The hospital denied any knowledge of the surgery, but admitted contracting out it’s urology department to businessmen.
The act has caused controversy online, with bloggers questioning the morality of selling an organ for a material object. The trading of organs online is common in China, despite authorities attempts to stop it. Official figures show more then a million people need an organ each year, with less then 10,000 actually receiving one. This has caused a hugely successful black market.
Apple products are huge in China, with iPhones and Ipads seen as a sign of wealth and sophistication, especially for young people. There has even been fighting at launches of new versions, such as the iPad 2 and white iPhone 4.