Monday 1 May 2017

Car advert finds kidney donor

A kidney transplant donor was found through an advert posted on a car window.
A kidney transplant donor was found through an advert posted on a car window.

Doctors have completed a kidney transplant on a woman whose donor was found through an advert posted on her car window.

Matt Paul, spokesman for the Maine Medical Centre in Portland, said Christine Royles received the kidney from Joshua Dall-Leighton. He said the surgery was successful and doctors anticipate "strong recoveries by both the donor and recipient".

Mr Paul said the hospital is grateful for Mr Dall-Leighton's donation, and that the case "enhanced awareness of the need for living donors".

The surgery was delayed because of crowd-sourced donations aimed at covering Mr Dall-Leighton's medical expenses.

Hospital officials said before the procedure was scheduled that they needed time to determine if the monetary donations violated the National Organ Transplant Act. The act forbids potential donors from profiting from a donation.

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