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What A Bargain: Free Kidney On Craigslist06:23

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The 2009 free kidney listing. (Courtesy of Jack Leibel)
The 2009 free kidney listing. (Courtesy of Jack Leibel)

Craigslist has become a popular way to unload a used bike, maybe an old IKEA dresser — even a car. But a kidney?

Hard to believe, but it's true.

It happened in 2009: Marcia Gould, who's now 73, was on dialysis and had been waiting for a kidney for four years. Then she heard from a friend that someone on Craigslist was offering to give away one of his kidneys for free — to anyone who needed it.

Craigslist is known for its fountain of goods and services but this time, the website may have actually saved someone's life. WBUR's CommonHealth co-host Carey Goldberg has the story.



This segment aired on March 22, 2011.

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