Transplant surgery arranged through Web site scheduled today
A Colorado hospital official says she's making a "compassionate exception" in transplant surgery that has Internet connections. Today's operation involves two men who met through a private organ donation Web site. It's believed to be the first transplant arranged through a site designed to match donors with recipients. Doctors earlier had postponed the kidney transplant, citing legal and ethical concerns. But the ethics panel at Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver later decided the surgery should proceed, provided both men pledged that neither was profiting financially. The Web site is called "MatchingDonors.com," based in Canton, Massachusetts.
It charges varying fees -- sometimes 290 dollars a month -- to post profiles of people looking for live organ donors.