Kid Sells Kidney to Buy iPad, Regrets It

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This is how it works.In April, a 17 year old boy sold one of his kidneys to an online broker in order to buy an iPad 2, and is not surprisingly beginning to regret it. ShanghaiDaily reported that the young Chinese boy, with the surname of Zheng, arranged the sale of his kidney to an online broker , who offered him 20,000 Yuan (approximately US$3,086) for the organ.

“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.”

The BBC added that it was the boy who contacted the broker after seeing an online ad offering money for organs. He traveled to the city of Chenzhou to No. 198 Hospital, where he was eventually paid 22,000 Yuan ($3,392) once his kidney was removed by the doctors.

Of course, that hospital isn’t qualified to perform organ transplants, according to ShanghaiDaily. The hospital itself claimed it didn’t know the surgery was taking place because the entire department that had conducted the surgery had been contracted out to a businessman from Fujian.

All of that came to light after the boy’s mother saw the scar from the operation, realized what he had been up to, and contacted the police. Said police were stymied, however by the diabolical broker’s fiendishly clever plan of turning the cell phone he was using to conduct the transaction off after the deal was done — they couldn’t find him because of this.

But it’s all good! The boy bought himself an iPad 2 and an unspecified laptop with his cash. Now that his health is failing post-organ removal, he can maybe use them to look up symptoms on WebMD.

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11 Comments Leave Your Own

der passant

I was going to make a joke but realized it would be in bad taste.

Lee Dronick

A 17 year old doesn’t always make the best decisions, but this much more serious than most of the things that they do.

There are probably more such offers being made, the authorities could set up a sting operation. See http://www.organbrokerscam.com/

archimedes

This sounds like an urban legend, but then again sometimes horrible urban legends actually come true.

Has it been independently verified? Has the boy been found since the story was published?

ilikeimac

Has it been independently verified?

I follower Bryan’s link and dug back to what seems to be the original TV broadcast that broke the story. It’s in Chinese so all I understood was “iPad” but you can watch it if you want. There’s clearly a boy with a scar that looks like he had surgery, telling his story to the TV reporter.

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMjcyMTU2MzUy.html

Lee Dronick

I follower Bryan?s link and dug back to what seems to be the original TV broadcast that broke the story. It?s in Chinese so all I understood was ?iPad? but you can watch it if you want. There?s clearly a boy with a scar that looks like he had surgery, telling his story to the TV repo

It looks to me that the scar is on the front of his body. Would they remove a kidney from the front? We have some regular members in the medical and health field who may be able to tell us.

Lee Dronick

From what I just read they usually make the incision in the side, but sometimes more to the center. I guess they would not take it from the back because of the ribs.

See this link for some graphics of the procedure http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/presentations/100069_1.htm

This may be a legit story.

Kris B

I donated a kidney last year…  they used to take it from the side, but now they can do it through the stomach area…

Lee Dronick

Thanks Kris.

Terrin

If you don’t know what you are doing, you can take it from anywhere.

It looks to me that the scar is on the front of his body. Would they remove a kidney from the front? We have some regular members in the medical and health field who may be able to tell us.

paikinho

Last time I checked. Donating a kidney shortened ones own life on average by about 7 years. Not sure why one would choose to do this, unless to save a close friend, family member or ones own child.

RGKahn

First of all because tis story comes from China and there seems to be little or no verification I will say there is less then a 30% chance that it is real. So many stories from China like this have been proven to be total nonsense.

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