Chinese Boy Sells Kidney to Buy iPad2

A 17 year old Chinese boy sold his kidney so can have enough money to buy an Apple iPad 2.

Shanghai Daily reports,

"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."

On April 28th, without telling his family, the kid went to a hospital in Chenzhou City, Hunan Province for the kidney removal surgery arranged by the broker. He was handed 22,000 yuan (that's with an extra 2,000, mind you) or around Php 146,000 after the kidney extraction.

His mother's suspicions were aroused when Zheng returned home carrying an iPad2 and an iPhone. And the boy, who was left with a big scar on his side from the surgery, was forced to admit what he did for the love of the iDevice --

chinese boy sells kidney

Shocked, the mom took her kid back to Chenzhou to report the crime to the police. They tried to contact the broker whose number couldn't be reached.

The hospital admitted contracting out its urology department to a Fujian businessman for the said operation and denied any connection with the crime.

TP Thoughts:

This is downright upsetting.

I've read stories of people selling their organs so they can feed their families. But for a gadget? Come on. It's just totally wrong. I wonder what's going on in that boy's mind.


  1. Fritz Gerald SensengJune 6, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    yo! Website of shanghai post was reported to have Spywares. Is this really legit? I'm just askin. Very interesting post/story though...

  2. This is sick! The boy must be out of his mind....and the broker took advantage of it. What a synister act. May God still forgive him. Tsk tsk tsk..

  3. Hi Fritz!
    Sadly, it appears legit. :(

  4. Hi Kean. Yup, totally crazy. Why would anyone want to sell an organ for a gadget?

  5. What is happening to kids right now? just for an ipad 2 and iphone? He does not realize that his kidney is worth waaayy more than his ipad 2 and iphone and the risk that he took. his ipad 2 and iphone will depreciate in just a few months (also his health) but his kidneys won't... tsk tsk..

  6. Ang sakit nun!! Bato para sa iPad at iPhone 4?! Goodbye na lang sa iyo!

  7. Lots of guys have sold their kidneys in this country too over the years, yes it is illegal but still carries on...


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