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.