Chinese teen regrets selling kidney for iPad 2

Giving away one's organs for a charitable cause is a great humane thing for a person to do. Giving it away for cash to put towards the latest gadget on the market? That's highly questionable. Even moreso when the operation, carried out at a hospital unqualified for organ transplants, leads to a deterioration of the patient's health. But in this unfortunate case surrounding a 17-year-old student from Huaishan City in the Chinese province of Anhui, he did just that for an iPad 2.

As Shanghai Daily reports, the student, who was identified as Mr. Zheng, was contacted via the Internet by a broker. The broker made an offer of 22,000 yuan (approximately $3400 USD) for one of his kidneys. The student accepted the offer and went to the Chenzhou No. 198 hospital for the operation, without informing his parents about the deal.

Upon returning home, his health began to deteriorate, and that's when he informed his parents about the transaction. Police were informed, but the identity of the broker remains a mystery. The Chenzhou No. 198 hospital was unqualified for organ transplants, and the department which carried out the operation on Mr. Zheng was contracted to a businessman in the Fujian province. Calls to the broker's cell phone number are, not surprisingly, being ignored.

A story like this, while a bit tragic, does draw up similarities to humourous scenarios portrayed by comics such as this one from The Oatmeal about owning Apple products.

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I really don't get it why people should feel bad for him? It was his stupid choice to do this.... It's not like somebody stole his kidney.

First of all, he's 17, his intelligence depends also on his life experience, which, I believe, isn't that much since he went for the iPad 2.
Secondly, the ****** who took the advantage of this kid, is the one to blame for most of this.
The kid wanted an iPad, saw a large money opportunity (even though a kidney is worth a lot more than that) and went for it. It's a freeking kid guys, don't laugh. How's is health condition now? It's been said that started deteriorating?

-KJ said,
You win some, you lose some. Don't bet on your health.

Why not? Like technology, the body ages along with it. Heck I say integrate the ipad 2 to his body and go forth with the humacentipad *cough*

"Wow, people here are laughing. What's the average age or intelligence here?"
"Just ignore these insensitive idiots"

^^ LOL ?

The guy was stupid enough to donate his organ for a piece of hardware... that will last... what? 6 months? a year before its outdated? and your backing HIM?

Whos stupid...

We laugh at his predicament, becuase he was stupid in the first place. To be perfectly honest, I personally hope his other kidney fails and they have to put him on some kind of artificial kidney as it might teach him a lesson, and get him to go out there and spread the word that this kind of thing is stupidity. Too many people do this kind of stuff for cash for something... but thats just the world we live in. So I say point and laugh at the fool who risks death / lifelong suffering for an ipad.

keith101 said,

^^ LOL ?

The guy was stupid enough to donate his organ for a piece of hardware... that will last... what? 6 months? a year before its outdated? and your backing HIM?

...etc

You do realize that every word on that response makes their claims truer right? If you don't, then never mind me, my conclusion is indeed wrong. They got the idea right, but got the order of magnitude was far off at least on your case.

Albert said,
well he still got two balls. maybe he can sell one for ipad 3.

why not just keep the balls and head on over to a bank. if you catch my drift.

In the original post, this teen also buys an iPhone and a laptop (don't know if it is MacBook Pro or not) beside that iPad 2.
Sigh...

...... this is just no comment and also the price ($3,400) on the kidney, a bit too less for a human organ, could of got more for it.

wrack said,
TeenAGE is an not an excuse for stupidity or retardness.

actually...it is, but this is a bit over the top.

jrolson said,
This sounds like something that would happen on South Park... lol

You're right, maybe they add it to the next episodeā€¦

Obviously not a very smart student. Doesn't say much for their education system, though I always thought don't sell your kidney for an ipad was universal...

No age or intelligence comes into effect when you are 17 yr'old.

Being 9 years ago since i had this age I still remember pretty dearly all the complete stupid and ignorant things I did/said.

This is tragic beyond words actually Let's just hope he is the exception to Chinese health care from now on and gets proper treatment to live another healthy twenty years or so before he REALLY regrets the deal.

*711 said,
No age or intelligence comes into effect when you are 17 yr'old.

Being 9 years ago since i had this age I still remember pretty dearly all the complete stupid and ignorant things I did/said.

This is tragic beyond words actually Let's just hope he is the exception to Chinese health care from now on and gets proper treatment to live another healthy twenty years or so before he REALLY regrets the deal.

When you are 17, you are definitely mature enough to not do stupid things, and this is multiple times more stupid than anything I would class as stupid.

Just goes to show how materialistic people are these days. I would be happy living in a cabin out in the middle of no where and not in the city...as long as I have a laptop with a sat connection...haha. But seriously, I really want to move to a remote place someday and get away from the stupidities of modern life....like this.

kennisonxgs said,
Bad transaction.

An iPad 2 is worth at least 2 kidneys, hence the "2".

So, what will happen when the iPad 3 comes out?

techbeck said,

So, what will happen when the iPad 3 comes out?

good question. Either begin the cloning process early or borrow a sibling's.

Geez he got ripped off. I remember a story many years ago about a kidney for sale on the internet that fetched a few million dollars before it was discovered and cancelled. Goes to show that he could've got a LOT more than what he received. That broker probably turned around and sold it for $100k.

jafoman said,
Wow, people here are laughing. What's the average age or intelligence here?
High enough to know better than to sell their kidneys for an iPad 2.

jafoman said,
Wow, people here are laughing. What's the average age or intelligence here?

I can just see him lying on his bed playing on his iPad then it slowly dawning on him it isn't worth a kidney.

jafoman said,
Wow, people here are laughing. What's the average age or intelligence here?

Couldn't agree with you more jafoman. I certainly held the Neowin community in a better light then laughing at another human who's resorted to selling an organ to buy an electronic gadget.

FlintyV said,

Couldn't agree with you more jafoman. I certainly held the Neowin community in a better light then laughing at another human who's resorted to selling an organ to buy an electronic gadget.

Honestly if you are that stupid, you deserve being laughed at!

WiCkeD SaM said,

Just ignore these insensitive idiots

the only person that is idiot is that boy.... Why should we feel bad for him? stupidity at it's best..

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!! This just made my day... who is stupid enough to sell his own kidney for an iPad 2... oh wait there is one!...

Kuraj said,
I wish this was a joke.

It's... depressing.

Yep in more reasons then 1, not only due to the dumb kid, but also what its trying to stir, he might have sold it for a xbox, or some other student in the past has done but I presume that wouldn't produce as much discourd

evo_spook said,

Yep in more reasons then 1, not only due to the dumb kid, but also what its trying to stir, he might have sold it for a xbox, or some other student in the past has done but I presume that wouldn't produce as much discourd

No, anyone dumb enough to give up one of their kidneys for any gadget of any kind would be reported just as equally.

It's like those people who killed themselves when someone told them the world was going to end in May . If that's all it took, then their was already something wrong with the person.