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iPad 2 Not Worth a Kidney, Says Chinese Boy
June 2, 2011 10:55 AM
SCAR THAT WON'T HEAL
Having been out of the black market organ trade for so long, I'm no longer up to date with the exchange rate on various body parts. I remember getting an original Motorola Droid for a lung and a copy of Windows Vista for a couple of toes, but I wouldn't know what a piece of modern tech would cost in terms of human tissue.
But my organ trafficking records are up to date now that a 17-year-old Chinese boy decided to sell his kidney to buy an iPad 2.
According to Shanghai Daily
, the fanboy from the Anhui Province desperately wanted to buy Apple's flagship tablet but didn't have enough cash. Rather than waiting to save up the money for the Apple product when it invariably gets marked down, the lad decided to sell one of his kidneys for 22,000 yuan (roughly $3,400) so he could afford one. But, surprisingly, the scenario in which the organ was harvested wasn't in the best of conditions, and the boy isn't feeling very well.
"I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it," he told the press. "A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan."
So on April 28, without his parents' knowledge, the boy underwent the surgery which was "arranged" by the broker. To his credit, it
at an actual hospital. Afterward, he was paid his money -- plus an extra 2,000 yuan -- and returned home.
But as meddling mothers are wont to do, the boy's mom eventually found out and tried calling the broker. Oddly enough, his phone is always powered off. Strange.
Upon further checks with the hospital, the location isn't actually qualified to perform organ transplants and, since the kidney removal was contracted to a "Fujian businessman," the hospital staff claimed to have no idea that the surgery was taking place.
Well, thinking positively, hopefully the boy starts feeling better very soon.
Maybe around the time Apple releases the iPad 3.
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