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Teen Sells His Kidney for an iPad 2. Teen Now Regrets It

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There's a lot of reasonable things I would trade for an iPad 2. 500 bucks, Pepsi, a stack of clothes, basically anything my life wouldn't miss. A 17-year-old kid from China was a little unreasonable—he traded his kidney.

It's a sad story but the kid, named Zheng from Huaishan City in China, wanted an iPad 2 but couldn't afford it. He said:

"I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it. A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan."


20,000 yuan is about $3,000, so he got a little more than just an iPad 2 but he's starting to feel ill as his health is deteriorating. His mother, who had no idea what her son was planning, tried to get in contact with the kidney broker but to no one's surprise, has been unable to reach him.

Now I love my iPad 2 very much but I appreciate the heck out of my kidneys more. The stakes are a little higher on who I'll give my kidneys away for and it's pretty much mother, father, sister, girlfriend. Hopefully, Zheng can bounce back from this and live a healthy life. [Shanghai Daily via Business Insider]