Chinese boy sells kidney to buy iPad 2

Apple products like the iPad2 have become a symbol of wealth for many young Chinese. (AFP)Apple products like the iPad2 have become a symbol of wealth for many young Chinese.  …

A 17-year-old student from China sold his kidney for 20,000 yuan (S$3,800) to buy a laptop and an iPad 2.

Zheng Xiao, who initially did not have the money to buy the gadgets, said in an interview with Shenzhen TV: "When I surfed the internet I found an advert posted online by (an) agent saying they are able to pay RMB20,000 to buy a kidney."

After negotiations, the boy travelled to the city of Chenzhou in Hunan Province where he met three men, who were supposedly part of an organ selling syndicate, at a hospital on 28 April to remove his kidney.

Three days after his surgery, coming home with a laptop and an iPad in hand, he confessed to his mother, who demanded to know how he had raised the money for his gadgets.

She then brought her son back to Chenzhou to report the case to the police. The agents whom the boy met could not be contacted as their phones were switched off.

The boy, expressing remorse over his actions, said that he was suffering from complications and his health has worsened after the kidney removal.

Despite the Chinese government's repeated attempts at stopping illegal online organ trading, it is still common in China. Last year, there were reports of Japanese "transplant tourists" going to China and paying £50,000 for new kidneys.

This latest case, which sparked a furore among Chinese netizens, was cited by some as an extreme example of increasing materialism in modern China.

Popular Apple gadgets like the iPhone and the iPad are seen as a symbol of wealth and modernity especially among young consumers.

Last month,  fights broke out outside several Beijing Apple Stores as desperate shoppers queued to buy the newly launched iPad2 and white iPhone4.

Follow Yahoo! News on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

  • Smartphone app to check daily alcohol limit

    Singapore, July 7 (IANS) If you are not sure about how to curb excess drinking, then download this app that will warn you the moment you exceed your daily alcohol limit. "Many smartphone apps available in the market to manage drinking are not well-informed by clinical evidence and are largely for entertainment," said the app developer Melvyn Zhang from the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore.

  • Tips for Chefs from Chefs
    Tips for Chefs from Chefs

    Clubvivre.com As more and more celebrity chef restaurants are opening up in Singapore, the job becomes increasingly intriguing to youngsters. However, many inspired want-to-be chefs forget the tough and stony way they have to walk, before they reach Gordon Ramsey stardom. Episodes of Hell’s Kitchen and Masterchef give us a glimpse of what it is like. We asked Clubvivre chefs about advice for young and aspiring cooks that are just starting out. Molecular Gastronomy is fine, but … Chef Felix Chong has worked in 3-Star Michelin restaurants around the world and specialised in Italian cuisine for over 12 years. The best advice he has for younger chefs is the same advice he got when he was young – respect the ingredients. “Almost always, the best way to bring out the flavour is by using simple cooking techniques and by treating the ingredient the way it should be”, explains Felix Chong. Young chefs often want to go straight into molecular gastronomy, but one needs to understand the basics first. After that the sky is the limit. You may also like: Pranks Chefs pull on other Chefs A 10 Years Sentence Becoming a well-respected chef means more than just showing up for work ... Bon Vivant - Asia's ultimate Food & Lifestyle Magazine, presented by Clubvivre

  • Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 Gets Cheaper, Enhanced Version To Launch On 14 July
    Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 Gets Cheaper, Enhanced Version To Launch On 14 July

    This article originally appeared on Vulcan Post.  Fans of Xiaomi, take note: Mi Singapore has announced that as of yesterday, the Redmi 2 will cost S$149, a $20 drop in price from its launch price of S$169. According to a press release, the drop in price was put down to lower costs on the manufacturer’s The post Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 Gets Cheaper, Enhanced Version To Launch On 14 July appeared first on Vulcan Post.