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Friday, June 3, 2011

Weird news - Chinese boy unable to afford iPad, sells his kidney

One does not know whether this is weird news or stupid news. In our current modern generation, there is a craze to have the most modern gadgets, and there is a lot of peer pressure dealing with the same issue. So, for example, if somebody got a new phone, there will be a lot of comparison with other people, and you would find that some of the peer group will find themselves under pressure to also get a new phone.
However, this can take a strange and tragic turn when the peer pressure gets to so much that people lose their sense of reasoning, and want to do anything to get hold of such gadgets. For buying a new desired gadget, you can consider pooling up your savings, or even trading in some of the items you already own, but to do something as dangerous and life-threatening as selling one of your kidneys is unheard of, but this boy in China did this, and now his family is desperate to get him some help (link to article):

Zheng found an agent ready to buy his kidney and travelled to Hunan province in central China to undergo surgery in a local hospital. With the 22,000 yuan ($3,900) he was paid, Zheng bought a new iPad 2 and iPhone and then returned home, according to a report on the Dongfang TV channel Thursday.
"Xiao Zheng returned home with a computer and a new Apple phone. We do not have the money for such expensive gadgets. At first, he did not want to tell me where he got that much money from. Later he confessed he had sold his right kidney to buy these things," his mother told the channel.

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