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Boy in China sells his kidney to buy an iPad

Posted on Sunday, 8 April, 2012 | Comment icon 18 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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The 17-year-old sold off the kidney after being approached by a buyer in an online chat room.

He received 22,000 yuan for the organ which he spent purchasing an iPad, but it wasn't long before the decision caught up with him and he is now suffering from renal deficiency and deteriorating health. Five people have been charged with illegal organ trading over the incident. While iPads and other Apple products are popular in China their price makes them unobtainable to most.

"The 17-year-old boy, identified only by his surname Wang, was approached in an online chatroom and paid 22,000 yuan (£2,200) for his kidney to be used in an illegal transplant operation, the Xinhua News Agency said."

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Comment icon #9 Posted by schizoid78 on 9 April, 2012, 15:44
All this mobile thing is really demonstrating that our world is regressing, at least in mass market computer technology.... Yeah, people prefer underpowered electronic gizmo like iPad and iPhone instead of powerful destkop computer, which are about the same price as the gizmo by the way. At least the hippie (i.e. : Steve Jobs) is dead. Ah kapitalism, so sweet the dreams you instill in us, though maybe also a bit itchy!
Comment icon #10 Posted by PeacefulAnarchy on 9 April, 2012, 16:00
Transactions like this should be made legal
Comment icon #11 Posted by Dis Pater on 9 April, 2012, 16:15
Could have been worse-could have been 1985 and he traded for a Sinclair C5..damn i did not see that idea failing.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Rlyeh on 9 April, 2012, 16:54
All this mobile thing is really demonstrating that our world is regressing, at least in mass market computer technology.... Yeah, people prefer underpowered electronic gizmo like iPad and iPhone instead of powerful destkop computer, which are about the same price as the gizmo by the way. At least the hippie (i.e. : Steve Jobs) is dead. Ah kapitalism, so sweet the dreams you instill in us, though maybe also a bit itchy! Yeah, blame capitalism.No one forced the kid.
Comment icon #13 Posted by randym23 on 9 April, 2012, 17:58
darwinism at work. I feel sorry for him but at 17 he should know better.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Clyde the Glyde on 9 April, 2012, 18:55
It's just a kidney. Your body has got like four of them I think.
Comment icon #15 Posted by TheBanana on 9 April, 2012, 19:01
most people have two, but i know someone who has 4.
Comment icon #16 Posted by THE MATRIX on 9 April, 2012, 19:25
'meh' Should have gotten a Saumsung Galaxy Tab instead. Could have saved a few bucks or two.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Dis Pater on 10 April, 2012, 7:54
It's just a kidney. Your body has got like four of them I think. Your average body has 2 though some do have more.Its the way it was taken from the body that has caused this kid problems.I knew a guy who donated a kidney to his brother and apparently the one donating the kidney has the longest recovery time from the operation-so he said anyway.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Hybrid89 on 14 April, 2012, 10:02
Gave his kidney for an iPad. I can understand that feeling of want but your kidney. FML lol


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