A 17-year old boy from China has made headlines for what he did just to be able to get his hands on an iPad 2. The boy, identified as Xiao Zheng, reportedly sold an organ to buy the expensive Apple device.
“I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it,” Zheng, told the Chinese language Global Times. “A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 3,394 USD.”
And thus, he did the unthinkable. Zheng, who sneaked from his parents, went north to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province. After he had his kidney removed, he was hospitalized for three days before being discharged with $3,394 USD in hand.
He reportedly used the money to buy his iPad, a MacBook and an iPhone. The mom, who found out later what had happened, reported the incident to the police as a crime commited against her child.
“When he came back, he had a laptop and a new Apple handset. I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys.”said ‘Miss Liu’ (not real name).
The case has now been closed due to lack of evidence after the broker who contacted Zheng vanished, and the hospital denying knowlege of the broker’s identity.