“A 17-year-old student in Anhui Province sold one of his kidneys for 20,000 yuan only to buy an iPad 2. Now, with his health getting worse, the boy is feeling regret but it is too late, the Global Times reported today,” Pan Zheng reports for Shanghai Daily.

Zheng 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 28 Zheng went to Chenzhou City in neighboring Hunan Province for the kidney removal surgery arranged by the broker. His parents knew nothing about it, Zheng said.”

“When he returned home, his mother found out and reported to the police immediately. But they could not locate the broker whose cell phone was always powered off, the report said,” Zheng reports. “It turned out that the Chenzhou No. 198 Hospital was not qualified to perform organ transplant. The hospital claimed they had no idea about Zheng’s surgery because the department that did the surgery had been contracted to a Fujian businessman.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s crazy! Who would part with a kidney for anything less than an iPad 3?

And, no, this most certainly isn’t what Steve Jobs had in mind when promoting organ donation.

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