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Chinese lad regrets selling a kidney for an Ipad 2

A body part for gadget swap
Thu Jun 02 2011, 16:09

ONE ARMED GADGET coveters rejoice, you no longer have to give up your other arm to buy an Ipad, instead you can consider selling an internal body part.

Well perhaps not, if the following cautionary tale is to believed. A report in the Chinese newspaper The Global Times says that a teenager in Huaishan, Anhui Province has sold one of his kidneys to buy an Ipad and ever since has, well, felt rather bad about it.

The 17-year-old, with the surname Zheng, met up with a 'kidney selling agent' through the internet, where else. Having shaken hands with the charming organ legger, Zheng took him up on his offer of 20,000 yuan - around £1,900 - for a kidney and went off to a hospital with dreams of buying a touchscreen tablet.

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

He returned home a couple of days later, one kidney lighter, and came face to face with his mother - an event that must have been missed out of the me - kidney + Ipad = joy equation.

His mum sensibly called the police, who so far have been unable to locate either the businessman or the kidney in question.

The really bad news though, no matter on which side of the organ selling fence you stand, is the glossed over revelation that when Zheng went home he had a laptop and an Iphone in his mitts, and not an Ipad 2. µ


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