What the world has come to: teen sells kidney for an iPad

What the world has come to: teen sells kidney for an iPad June 3, 2011

Well, at least he waited until the second version came out.  But what happens when iPad3 is released??


Apple lovers are known for their somewhat radical devotion to any new products the company introduces, but selling body parts to afford them is definitely something new — and scary. According to Global Times, a youngster in China’s Anhui province wanted a new iPad 2 tablet so badly he was willing to part with a kidney to be able to afford it.

The student, a 17-year-old high school student named Zheng, told a local newspaper “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.” The “broker” was true to his word, and after the operation was completed on April 28, Zheng received his 20,000 yuan, which equates to a little over $3,000.

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5 responses to “What the world has come to: teen sells kidney for an iPad”

  1. I was sick when I read this story yesterday. It truly tops the list of exploitation of the least among us. A kidney for $3000; unreal. The broker probably got $100,000-300,000 for it!

  2. Although in China all sorts of things happen, this has the smell of urban legend to it. It’s been submitted to Snopes for verification. Let’s hope and pray it becomes debunked as a myth.

  3. I don’t understand. Why is this bad? If the teenager had given his kidney and asked nothing in exchange, would that not have been exceptionally good of him? Is it better that people must pay enormous sums of money in order to save their own lives while we have the organs they need to survive? I wonder if the teenager actually did understand the value of what he was giving, and simply was a generous young man.

  4. David, the issue is that the teenager stated that he gave his kidney up so that he could buy a superfluous material possession. This is not generosity, but a mutilation of the body for a worldly object. If he had given it up to save someone else’s life, it would be an act of generosity, but his statement shows that obviously was not his reasoning for doing so.

  5. This is a good example of what the world was and is like without Christ! Unfortunately the world seems to be going farther and farther away from Christ these days. This dilemna is even a more tragic state than that of man before Christ. At least before Christ man had a good excuse for not knowing Him. Perhaps the tragic state of the world today, “rife with all sorts of human trafficing,” is in large measure the fault of His disciples who have often strayed so far from what the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church actually teaches.

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