Chinese Teenager Reportedly Sells Kidney for iPad 2

More

And you thought that you really wanted an iPad 2? The news broke Thursday morning that a young boy in China was so desperate to get his hands on Apple's newest tablet computer that he sold one of his kidneys to raise the money.

"When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 [yuan] to buy a kidney," the 17 year-old, identified as 'Zheng,' told Shenzhen TV according to the The Telegraph. 20,000 yuan is roughly $3,000 US.

On April 28th, the boy apparently traveled north to Chenzhou in Hunan Province where he had his kidney removed. This was news to his mother. "I wanted to know how he had got so much money and he finally confessed that he had sold one of his kidneys," she said. She called the police, who were unable to contact the broker.

Read the full story at The Atlantic Wire.

Jump to comments
Presented by

The Atlantic Wire is your authoritative guide to the news and ideas that matter most right now.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Hunting With Poison Darts

An indigenous forest dweller in Borneo explains one of his tribe's oldest customs: the art of the blowpipe.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

I Am an Undocumented Immigrant

"I look like a typical young American."

Video

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In