A 17-year old Chinese boy identified as Xiao Zheng, wanted an iPad 2 so badly he was willing give up a kidney for it.
“I wanted to buy an iPad 2, but I didn’t have the money,” the boy said according to Daily Mail, “When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by agent saying they were able to pay RMB20,000 [$3,085] to buy a kidney.”
After negotiating the deal, the boy traveled to the city of Chenzhou in the Hunan Province, where his kidney was removed at a local hospital. After three days he was released and paid $3,400.
His devastated mother found out about what happened when Xiao returned home with the iPad and a new computer.
“When my son came home he had a laptop computer and an Apple phone. Where did all that money come from?” she said. “Only when he could bare it no longer did he tell us. He said ‘mom I sold my kidney. When I heard it, it was like the sky was crashing down on our family.”
To make matters worse, Xiao has developed health problems as a result of the surgery. He and his mother went to police with the story, but the men he made the deal with cannot be found. And the hospital, which admitted contracting out its urology department to a private businessman, denied knowing anything about the surgery.