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Shocking: Chinese teenager sells his kidney for an iPad 2

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Shocking: Chinese teenager sells his kidney for an iPad 2
17-year-old Chinese boy Zheng liked the iPad just as pretty much every tech geek out there. But being seventeen means you don’t have your own money. Combine this with a mind-boggling local advertisement offering cash to anyone willing to sacrifice his kidney and become an organ donor and you can probably guess what happens next. The teenager has sacrificed one of his kidneys for the humble 20,000 Chinese yuan, an equivalent of some $3,000… to buy the newest iPad:

I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn't have the money," Zheng shared with local Shenzhen TV. "When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 to buy a kidney." Some negotiations took place afterwards disregarding the fact that Zheng was not even of full legal age. The kid traveled north and the kidney was subsequently removed in the city of Chenzhou.

After undergoing surgery, Zheng suffered complications and couldn’t keep the secret from his mother: "When he came back, he had a laptop and a new Apple handset," his mother, Miss Liu, told the police while showing off the red scar left at the place of the surgery, "I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys."

Trying to contact the people responsible for the surgery has proven impossible as the phone numbers don’t answer calls, while the hospital denies any knowledge of the surgery. At the same time, though, the medical establishment did acknowledge that it has contracted its urology department to a businessman.

"This teenager's stupid behaviour is a manifestation of his radically materialistic values," futile comments rushed from everywhere after the shocking incident. Just recently, we reported about a nearly-religious brain reaction in some people to brand names including Apple, but this goes far beyond those borders.

source: Telegraph

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posted on 02 Jun 2011, 07:05 8

1. seeds (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)


i'm sure he will very very disapointed about his decision...
because ipad 2, or even ipad 3 is nothing compared to healthy (single kidney is bad)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:49 1

10. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


you couldn't blame us. i also want iPad2 but i want Honeycomb more. i can do something bad but not that desperate to sell an organ. im also 17 and i came from a 3rd world country citizen. haha. restrict these sites that promotes great gadgets if u want to stop that.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 07:13 7

2. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I'm shocked..... its not only the iPad.... but how much is someone willing to sacrifice to get their gadgets? I mean I save up and cut some chocolate money to get a nice gadget... but a kidney? and all the issues this may brought upon? there is no gadget on earth worth that much

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:35 1

8. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Absolutely agree 100%. Someone with the mindset to sell body parts for a gadget needs to be monitored 24/7...

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:13 2

30. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Would you be more shocked to learn that there are people donating their kidneys to strangers for FREE? I say this kid is smart for actually getting something out of it. Plus, he saved a life. Have you saved someone's life lately? I have, and I do, every day. I'm a medical professional :)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 15:25 3

34. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


he did it to get an iPad 2...

he did it to get an iPad 2....

he did it to get an iPad 2...

If he would did it for the SOLE purpose to save a live....that woulda been different.

Would this kid still have donated his kidney if there was no money involved?

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 17:55 2

43. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Regardless. He saved a life.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:19 3

49. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Regardless, yet his only reason for doing it was to get money to buy an iPad 2...

Not money to pay bills, not money to help someone in financial need....not money to help pay for school....but to buy a tablet....

I hope he goes to such great lengths again for something more important than a tablet.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:25 1

51. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well for him it's important. And who are you to judge this kid as if you took care of him? He did not kill or steal to get his ipad. Go after those practitioners who took his kidney without his parent's consent. I bet you'd be more understanding if he wanted the xoom :)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:49 3

59. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea...cuz you know without a shadow of a doubt I just love all things Android...

Anyway.....

Its not about Apple or the iPad....he did it for materialistic reasons...

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 16:37 3

39. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


well I have saved lives, me and my dad are blood donors.... but guess what? we do it for free because we get extra blood... now yeah he saved a life... a life that was willing to pay a lot of money, or maybe not even a life maybe the organ will be used for forbidden human experiments. unless of course you where the one that ensured that organ saved a life, now the lines waiting for a kidney OP makes black market a common practice in China where methods aren't well implemented to the donors (as you see the boy is having complications) now many of these cases are with people looking for money to continue living because their life is bad, others steal other peoples organs to gain money as a job, its the first case I've seen about a person giving an organ to get a gadget(YES MY FIRST CASE) and why I was shocked as much as being told that a pretty lady in Mexico bars that offers you a drink may be interested in stealing your kidney... aren't I allowed to be shocked then? now a friend of mine has both kidneys down and ive told her she could get mine if its compatible... am I going to get something in exchange? No but knowing that she will smile again its enough reward for me.... but was the kid thinking about making a better life out of the suffering patient? was the kid tested to see if it was even good for his own health? I don't think so

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:07 2

44. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well good for you for being a blood donor. Although kidney donors are way more rare than blood donors. Our body reproduces blood, so it's not as big of a sacrifice as a kidney.



As for whether or not the process was done appropriately, that is not the kid's fault. Malpractice happens whether there's an ipad2 involved or not. This kid probably thought that he's hitting two birds with one stone. That is, save someone's life and get an ipad2 for it.



We do good things for different reasons. Some expect something in return, some don't. As silly as this kid's reason is, he did not steal to get his ipad2 that he deserves to be judged like this by people who wouldn't even buy him an ipad yet feel like they have the right to judge him.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:26 2

52. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And you know no one on here would buy him an iPad because.....

Anyway....I'm sorry, there is no way you can rationalize his this. He did it soley for the purpose of buying a tablet. Offer him no money and lets see if he woulda still donated his kidney.

He didnt steal to get it, but he did something thats almost unthinkable for most ppl to wrap their heads around.

Let him donate that iPad 2 and then I will see him in a different light.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:42 1

56. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


This kid has not committed a crime here. It's those malpracticing doctors. Yet, you totally ignore those adults and scold this kid like his your own, and like he killed someone or something, lol. This kid does not care as to what kind of light you see him in. You don't even know this kid, so why do you care so much? It's because he wanted the ipad, not the xoom, right? Lol.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 04:32 2

79. droidnator (Posts: 87; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


The kid did commit a crime - of being outrageously stupid!
Saved a life? Of some rich bastard who has most likely lived out most of his, while at 17 you have your whole life ahead of you. But with 1 kidney, what a life that will be...
Tell me, when he was searching the internet, what was the kid thinking? "I want to save a life and donate an organ", or "I need cash for iPad and I'll do anything"?
You're a retard, gemini. For defending such a self-destructive and stupid action. Just because you are a fan of one company and a brand.
As for the adults who tricked the kid, they are scum, and they should go to jail. But the kid is also to blame - selling himself in parts to buy toys. What self-preservation! Or the lack of it to be precise.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 07:17 1

3. TDroid21 (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)


And in another soon to come story, a boy will sell his pancreas to steve jobs in exchange for ipad4 quattro.. LoL

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:58 3

24. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


You have two kidneys, but only one pancreas :)

This kid saved someone's life. But of course you do not see that because all you can see is the ipad2 :)

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 17:45

84. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Just out of curiosity....

How do you know he "saved a life"?

"Trying to contact the people responsible for the surgery has proven impossible as the phone numbers don’t answer calls, while the hospital denies any knowledge of the surgery. At the same time, though, the medical establishment did acknowledge that it has contracted its urology department to a businessman."

BUSINESSMAN!

That kidney could be in some poor bastards chili for gods sake!! And don't say, " oh they wouldn't do that", it's China bro.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 08:31 5

5. sunfish42os (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 Jun 2011)


Just proves how much of a cult apple users are. If someone is dumb enough to do something like this.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:59 3

25. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I'm sure you won't think it's dumb if you are the dying patient waiting for the kidney :)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 08:50

6. hujan (unregistered)


Steve jobs should be sad to heard about that!! poor guy,, ;-(

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:16 4

7. bossmt_2 (Posts: 429; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Dumb people are dumb.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:36 1

9. itsme (unregistered)


Your grammar is atrocious.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:53 1

11. antwone1990 (Posts: 2; Member since: 21 Mar 2011)


smh! he will regret that when he gets older!

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 09:59 2

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I-D-I-O-T.

Really? Your going to sell a body part that you need for the rest of your life for a gadget you will use for a year or 2 at best?!?!?! REALLY?!?!?!? Nothing like limiting your life and what you can do for a stupid gadget.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:01 2

27. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Limiting your life? I'm in the medical field. People with one kidney can outlive people with two :)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 15:30 1

37. OH BOY (unregistered)


530 Gemini your a true idiot..../ If i say its black you say it's white. if someone says its blue you say its purple. your just a moron freak. like many people that are idiots you are a complete wuss...

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:09 2

45. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well your post have no substance whatsoever. You get the highest award for being an asshole :)

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 08:23

80. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


when a person with 1 kidney doesnt have to watch his diet and can go out drinking without having to worry about his body breaking down alchohol quickly enough, then your comment will have merrit.

Can a person with 1 kidney live a long life? Absolutely. Can a person with 1 kidney live a life like a person with 2? Not really.
And I'm studying medical while working in digital so I have the best of both worlds. :)

Is it this kids choice? no. he is too young to make a competent decision. Did he probably save someone's life with his decision? Yea, he probably did. But its the REASON for the desision that makes him an idiot, not the act.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 10:02

13. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Im so going to study this. I want to find out how apple hypnotizes people :) . is it the shiny object or the simple entertainment

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 11:48

15. EA (unregistered)


WHAT A F#$!%@ D%$#@$$. Hope his other kidney fails.....teach him a hard less

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 12:32

16. jacky_luvsjrod (Posts: 53; Member since: 26 May 2010)


I agree with EA above me I hope his other kidney fails maybe that will teach him a lesson

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:56 1

23. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


At least this kid does not hope for anyone's organ or health to fail like you do. Who's the worse person?

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 17:18 1

40. EA (unregistered)


he is. you give an organ to a family member or a friend in need. hes playing with his life. a person with no self-respect and no self-worth makes the worse person...tommorrow his mom needs a kidney transplant....what is he going to do?...donate her his ipad?

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:13

46. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


He is a kid. Kids make stupid decisions. If you're that concerned, why didn't you just get him his ipad2? Lol. The real bad people here are those who operated on him w/out his parents consent. But of course you don't consider those people because all you can see is this kid wanting the ipad so bad.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:46 1

58. EA (unregistered)


not an excuse. asked my 15 year old cousin if he would do the same and like a smart logical person he said no. you shouldnt give a person sympathy just because hes 17. a dumb person is dumb whether hes 17 or 40. hes a idiot no matter how you look at it

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:52

61. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Well this is not your 15 yr old cousin. You are not even related to this kid. Your 15 yr old cousin has a different life from this kid. Different culture. Different upbringing. This kid is not old enough to make this decision, therefore, the adults are the ones to be blamed here, not the kid. Yet you only see the kid, and that's because he wanted the ipad so bad. And if he is 40 and made this decision, it is none of your business.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 19:02 1

63. EA (unregistered)


your write...he had a right to do whatever he wanted and the adults should also be held accountable but that doesnt cover the fact that hes an idiot and he is old enough. if he wasnt he would have still had his kidney. if he would have killed somebody would you have said he shouldnt be held accountable because hes seventeen and cant make his own decisions?

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 20:15

66. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Donating a kidney is not a crime, killing is. So for you to have me compare those two actions as if they're in the same league is just wrong. He can be arrested for murder at 17, but not for donating his kidney. Again, I am not saying that what he did is totally alright, I'm just pointing out how Apple haters are more concerned of his reason for donating his kidney rather than those malpracticing doctors taking advantage of this kid.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 20:45

69. EA (unregistered)


im not comparing murder with donating a kidney. im saying he knew what he was doing. hes 17. hes not a 8 year that has no idea the ipad is not going to be relavent in 2 years or has no clue that the organs in his body are there for a reason. hes 17 and knows that his ipad will be a thing of the past in two years and that his kidneys are there for a reason. the idiot knew what he was doing and not to mention what if he breaks it or gets it stolen?......a plain idiot

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 00:15 1

72. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


You just asked me to compare. Of course he thinks he knows what he's doing. That's how kids are, and that's why they need adults for guidance, because teens usually make the worst decisions. At that age, gadgets and having other things that's hip are everything to them. What's inexcusable are those adults who took his kidney. This article would not have existed if not for those criminals who took advantage of this kid.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 12:35 1

17. do-dirty (unregistered)


that has got to be one of the "top ten all time dummy moves" in the history of mankind.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 12:48 1

18. seeds (Posts: 48; Member since: 13 Apr 2011)


#daniel_bargs
open your mind and read my comment again dude... LOL
in other words healthy is number 1
because if you have F22 Raptor* but you will die or always sick, that thing is useless
*example dude

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:05 1

19. GALAXY-S (unregistered)


Tipical Isheep, thats what brain washing causes... so sad

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:48 1

20. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


sad but true!

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:50 1

21. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


As usual, this is all a bad thing as far as Apple haters are concerned. Let's just forget about the other person who bought the kidney that now has a second chance to life :)

The kid sold his kidney and now got his ipad2. He is happy. The dying patient who bought the kidney could now live many years more, and is now also happy.

Two people are both happy, and I see negative posts here because???

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 13:55 1

22. GALAXY-S (unregistered)


well.. if you think of it that way then its a good thing he gave up a kidney....
im going to buy an apple product so i can trade for an organ just incase i need one later in life

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:05

28. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


It's ALWAYS a good thing to save a dying person's life. I know people who have donated their kidneys for free to strangers. This kid is smart. He got an ipad out of it :)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:13 1

29. GALAXY-S (unregistered)


yup your right kid did it smart and helped a life..

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:46 1

31. tbacba (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Ha ha. What an asswipe!!

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 15:13 1

32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


ha ha what is he going to do when he needs to upgrade????

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 15:15 1

33. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Not your problem :)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 15:26

35. OH BOY (unregistered)


Sad world we live in. Just think about it . in ten years that IPAD two will be junk.........

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 15:29

36. captainz (unregistered)


just when i thought people couldn't get any stupider. A kidney a vital organ to your survival.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 15:59 2

38. Hallucinator (Posts: 339; Member since: 24 May 2010)


You people that are blaming apple are ridiculous. How and the Hell can Steve Jobs or Apple be blamed for this. He easily could have done this for a Xoom...er uh, well maybe not

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 18:15 1

47. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Oh believe me. If this was a xoom tablet that this kid wanted, he'd get a standing ovation from the fandroids, if not, they will be more understanding with the kid and find a way to switch the blame to Apple, lol.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 19:28 2

65. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


No! Selling your kidney is plain stupid! No matter what the device is. No device is worth compromising you health. Sure the kid could live with one kidney, but he is too young to understand the ramification of his actions. When he's a little older he'll see the error of his ways and really regret doing this. And before you go there, no, I don't think this is Apple's fault. Its the fault of everyone present and didn't speak up when that kidney was removed.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 20:24

67. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Selling of kidneys happen. It's a proven and working and safe procedure when done right. It's not a delicate procedure. It can even be done in an outpatient setting. So whatever your reasons are for selling your kidney, that's your call. But yes, he's not old enough to make that decision unless consented by the parents. The real criminals here are the people who took his kidney, not the kid. But fandroids hate the ipad more than those criminals, so that's why they pick on the kid :)

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 21:19 2

70. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Everyone had something to say about this kid, even taco50! And I'm pretty sure he is no fan of Android. This is just plain stupid. I don't see how anybody can defend stupidity.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 00:28

73. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


I am more upset with those doctors than this kid. That is all I am trying to say. Kids do stupid things. Instead of those doctors enlightening him, they took advantage of him instead. That's evil. But guess what? The kid gets picked on more, not the real criminals. Why? For wanting the ipad. He's a kid for crying out loud. Little kids would go far protecting their favorite toys. They would cry if you take their teddy bears away as if those teddy bears have lives. That's stupid as well. But again, that's the mentality of kids. For this kid, the ipad is everything, and he saw an opportunity to make money to afford it.

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