In China, a 17 year old teen was so desperate and eager to get his hands on the Apple iPad 2 that he felt it was necessary to sell one of his kidneys for one. Only being identified by his surname, “Zheng”, he explained to his mother that he had sold his kidney after coming across an advertisement online, advertising cash to whoever would like to be an organ donor. In shock, as many would be to hear about this, many people have voiced their concerns with people of China nowadays being too materialistic.
Zheng said that he wanted to buy an iPad 2, but didn’t have the money at the time to the Shenzhen TV in the southern province of Guangdong. He said that the ad said they were able to pay RMB20,000 to buy a kidney. Once the deal was negotiated, Zheng travelled north to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province where the kidney was removed at a local hospital. After three days of being a patient he was discharged where he then was paid RMB22,000 for the organ.
Supposedly, China is known for trading organs online, despite attempts by China’s government to repeatedly stop the practice. A group of “transplant tourists” had paid £50,000 to receive new kidneys in China, Japanese television reporters said last year. As crazy as it all sounds, it does sound valuable to some when statistics show more than a million people in China that are in need of a transplant every year, but fewer than 10,000 actually receive organs, which is how this could be a great item to offer through a black market.
Now that the surgery is over, Zheng, has been suffering multiple complications from going through with this procedure, which is why it was impossible for him to hide what he had did from his mother.
“When he came back, he had a laptop and a new Apple handset,” his mother told the station. She then showed off the livid red scar where her son’s kidney was removed, “I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys.”
Once found out, the mother took Zheng back to Chenzhou to report the crime to the police, however, it was understood it was too late when the mobiles of the three agents that the son had contracted were all switched off. The hospital where the surgery took place admitted to contacting out its urology department to a private businessman, who denied any knowledge or involvement to the surgery.
At the end of the day, people should ask themselves if they think it’s a smart move repeatedly when making these decisions. Apple products are a big deal in China, but not big enough to me to give a kidney for.
If he lived in the US, he could have forgone the selling the kidney and gotten an iPad for Free