Dutch kidney donation show revealed as a hoax

June 1, 2007 23:27

A Dutch television show in which a woman would supposedly donate her kidney to one of three contestants was revealed as a hoax Friday. At the last moment, presenters of the "Big Donor Show" said the woman was not actually dying of a brain tumor as claimed and the entire exercise was intended to pressure the government into reforming its organ donation laws and raise public awareness of the need for organs. The three prospective recipients were real patients in need of transplants and had been in on the hoax, the show said.

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