A teenager in China has sold one of his kidneys so that he could buy an iPad 2.
The 17-year-old student saw an internet ad offering cash to organ donors.
Illegal agents organised the trip to a hospital where the kidney was removed and the teenager was handed around 2,300 euros.
His mother became suspicious: “When my son came home he had a laptop and an Apple phone. Where did all the money come from? Only when I couldn’t bare it any longer did he tell us. He said ‘mum, I sold my kidney’. When I heard that it felt like the sky was crashing down on my family.”
Trade in organs is common but illegal in China and despite government attempts to stamp it out, the practice continues to thrive.
The boy, known as Zheng, said he regrets the move and to add insult to injury another organ broker said the money he received was well below the going rate.