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Reality Show Bizarre, Cancer Patient gives away a Kidney

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On Friday, the world will be exposed to the "Mother of all Reality Shows." This "show of shows" will take place in Amsterdam, Netherlands and promises to take it's viewing audience to a place straight

"The Big Donor Show" is it's name and giving away kidney's is it's game. Come on, come on, step right up, one will live, three will die! Get your tickets here!

"Lisa," a 37 year old terminally ill cancer patient, has decided that she only needs one of her two healthy kidneys for the rest of her fateful journey into the afterlife. Three very ill people will be shown pleading for the approximately 1/4 pounder donation. (As critical to life as they are, a full size human kidney weighs only about 1/4 pound and is about 4 inches long, 2.5 inches wide, and 1.5 inches thick.) then "the public, will literally, decide their fates by text message. It's kind of a "Roller ball" meets "Queen for a Day."

The "Big Donor Show" comes to us from the world's second largest TV-show production company, Endemol, the creator of "Big Brother". BNN, the Dutch, publicly financed, television station will air the program on Friday, at 20:30 Central European Time.

Dutch Education Minister, Ronald Plasterk, was quoted, "The information I have right now tells me that the program is unfitting and unethical, especially due to the competitive element, but it's up to program makers to make their choices. Government interference would amount to censorship." Isn't that a refreshing thought?...You don't like it, change the channel.

BNN has defended the program. The television station told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper that the show is meant to highlight the acute shortage of donors in the Netherlands. It, also, should be noted that a former BNN director died from kidney failure after spending years on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.

If there is any "evidence" that the three potential recipients of the prize kidney are a medical match for Lisa's gift, I couldn't find any representations of such. And, of course, there is the question of how healthy a kidney donated from a terminally ill cancer patient is in the first place. Again, I found no mention of this problem probability.

A few facts to throw into the stew:

As of 7:26 pm, May 30, 2007, in the United States there were 96,566 waiting list candidates for organs .
Transplants for January-February 2007...4,425
Donors for January-February 2007...2,274 (United Network for Organ Sharing)

Over 70,000 patients are currently registered on the kidney transplant waiting list. (United Network for Organ Sharing)

"CHENNAI, INDIA...Aadil Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan is one of the top medical facilities in the region, rated on par with any hospital in the West, according to the International Organization for Standardization. Kidney-transplant candidates stuck on a 10 year waiting list in the United states might happily pay a consultant $35,000 or more to book an operation here. These days Aadil openly advertises two packages for transplant patients at steep discounts to the brokered rate: $14,000 for the first transplant, $16,000 for people who need a second organ after the first has failed."

A kidney nets a Pakistani donor about $2500

http://www.wired.com/print/medtech/health/news/2007/05/indiatransplantsprices...Wired, "Why a Kidney (Street Value:$3000) sells for $85,000 by Scott Carney

"Pakistani poor sell Kidney to pay debts," Assoicated Press, by Sadaqut Jan
www.patients.uptodate.com
www.unos.org

www. english.ohmynews.com "TV Sinks to New Low With Kidney Donor Show," by Alexander Krabbe
www.eubusiness.com "Dutch kidney donor TV show in poor taste:EU"
www.independent.ie "Deadly new level of depravity in reality TV show." by Martha Kearns

Authur Max, The Associated Press



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8 comments on Reality Show Bizarre, Cancer Patient gives away a Kidney

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By Steven Lane on May 31, 2007 at 10:18 pm
Good point Reza, the poverty level for a family of four here is about $20,000...I guess a lot of people would step up and give one up for $80,000.
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By Batman on June 01, 2007 at 05:37 pm
Well, as we know from "Witness", all it takes is one good ball....
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By pleasurepalate on June 01, 2007 at 07:00 pm
It looks like the show premise is a hoax. See link below: http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/06/01/kidney.show.reut/index.html
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By Steven Lane on June 01, 2007 at 08:37 pm
We was scammed...thanks Pleasurepalate! I did seem unbelievable, but, a lot of people went for, including myself.
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By Steven Lane on June 01, 2007 at 08:37 pm
It even
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By pleasurepalate on June 04, 2007 at 03:16 pm
I'm glad that it was a scam, because the thought of it was appalling to me, but it makes me wonder if this is where reality shows will eventually go as networks are looking for more ratings and people are becoming more de-sensitized. :(
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By Steven Lane on June 17, 2007 at 01:45 am
lol
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By VeroniqueChevalier on September 23, 2007 at 05:50 pm
Sometimes it takes a hoax to create awareness for important issues. And in reality there is the 2002 Stephen Frears film starring Audry Tatou called "Pretty Dirty Things" about illegal trafficking in human beings for, among other things, purposes of medical exploitation. The movie's tag line is "pretty" grim, and telling: "We [the immigrants] are the ones you do not see. We drive your cabs, clean your rooms and suck your cocks." Such is the paradox of our existence that human beings are on the one hand supposedly so precious, yet human life has also ever been cheapened and commodified.
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