A 17-year old boy, identified only by the surname Zheng from the Anhui Province of eastern China reportedly sold one of his kidneys to finance the purchase of an iPad 2 tablet. Zheng scoured the internet looking for a way to make money and found a buyer who offered to pay him 22,000 yuan ($3000) for his organ.
"I wanted to buy an iPad 2 but could not afford it," Zheng said. "A broker contacted me on the Internet and said he could help me sell one kidney for 20,000 yuan."
The operation took place in late April without his parents’ knowledge or consent. His mother became suspicious when Zheng came home with a new iPad 2 and an iPhone. When she questioned her son he finally told the truth about where he came up with the funds to buy the Apple hardware. She immediately contacted police. An investigation is underway but police say they have yet to locate the broker.