iKidney = iPad


 So this is Xiao Zheng. He is a 17-year-old kid that lives in China.  A few weeks ago he disappeared for a short while before suddenly returning home. 

With him, he had a shiny new iPad and a shiny new iPhone.  Curious because he (apparently) doesn’t have the means to pay for either.

His suspicious mother pried for details.  Where, exactly, did he get these shiny new apples?

Easy.  He sold a body part in the black market. Kidney, to be specific.

It’s hard to even know where to begin when someone says they have sold a body part. But flashing a huge, scary ghetto scar across the torso is a very brilliant start.

And that’s exactly what he did. Xiao showed his mother the scar and filled in the details…

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.

I know what you are saying. Fakey fake fake, shenanigans, made-up, not true. But this story is HUGE, BIG in China right now.  Google and see for yourself. 

It does beg the question…How would he even know how to sell a body part? Where does one do such ghastly, Frankenstein things?

According the The International Business Times : “The boy travelled north to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan province where the kidney was removed at a hospital. Zheng was discharged after three days.”

Okay, yes. I know this story is very sad and ridiculous and all sorts of wrong. But, whatever, I would probably sell my kidney for an iPad.  How many kidneys do you really need.

It reminds me of a young woman I knew years ago. She also “disappeared” and later returned. With designer everything.  Purse, dresses, shoes, she was all bling. When questioned, she said she had sold a body part. She wouldn’t say which one only that she got 100k for it (!?) and it was performed in China.

And to think, all these years I’ve (not so) quietly mocked her.  I tried looking her up on Facebook, desperate to find out if her urban legend-y story was really true.  No luck. Yet.

Anyway. I feel the need to end with this….for the record? I wouldn’t really sell a body part for an iPad.  Of course not. I’m pretty sure on that!  Crazy talk. You’d have to throw in an iPhone, everything has to be white and next generation.  Otherwise, yea. no.

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One Comment on “iKidney = iPad”

  1. June 2, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Crazy! Are Chinese kids considered adults when they’re 17? Or do the hospitals not care about age?

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