Destroying his invaluable body for e-waste!
– Chinese teenager sells his kidney so he can buy an iPad2 (Daily Mail, June 2, 2011):
A teenager in China has caused an outcry after selling his kidney to buy an iPad2.
Xiao Zheng, 17, could not afford one of the new tablet-style computers that are seen as symbols of wealth in China.
But he answered an advert offering cash to healthy people willing to have one of their kidneys removed in a gruelling operation.
His action horrified his mother and has caused outrage in China.
The teenager told Shenzhen TV in the southern province of Guangdong: ‘I wanted to buy an iPad2, but I didn’t have the money.
‘When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by an agent saying they were able to buy a kidney.’
Xiao travelled to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province where the kidney was removed at a local hospital.
Private surgeons had hired out a room at the facility to perform the risky procedure on April 28.
He was discharged after three days and given 20,000 yuan, or £1,884, for the organ.
He bought an iPad2 and an iPhone but when he returned home his suspicious mother wanted to know where the goods had come from.