From Holland ---Reality Show Prize: A Kidney Transplant

  1. tasteless new low:

    reality show prize: a kidney transplant
    by ammu kannampilly and fabiola antezana
    may 29, 2007

    contestants vie for kidney on dutch reality tv

    government condemns show; station argues program will raise awareness

    for most patients around the world in need of a kidney, life is an interminable waiting game for an elusive matching donor.
    the netherlands is no different. according to bert elbertse, publicity director for the leading dutch health organization, nigz, waiting lists for a kidney stretch to a grueling four and a half years, on average.

    but for one dutch citizen, the wait just got shorter.
    this friday three patients will compete to receive a kidney from a terminally ill young woman, 37-year-old "lisa."

    dutch tv channel bnn and the producers of the controversial u.k.-based reality show "big brother" have come together to produce "big donor show."

    the program, which will be broadcast live on bnn this friday, will show the three "contestants" (each of whom is a match for lisa's organs) vying for one of her kidneys. ...
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on May 30, '07
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   ElvishDNP
    The only good I can see coming from it is that maybe it will get people talking about being organ donors. And even then, there is a more tasteful way to do that.
  4. by   oramar
    This will be the first game show where the loser's life is in danger. I would say they have hit a new low.
  5. by   DutchgirlRN
    There's alot going on in Holland that shocks me but somehow this doesn't. I think it's in poor taste. I can understand the dying woman wanting to know who will get her organs but to make it a contest, a money maker on TV, it is just wrong. She has two kidneys why not 2 winners?

    Thanks for posting, I'll be watching it on nightline tonight.
  6. by   ceecel.dee
    Absolutely outrageous!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am sick of the whole reality show craze. This is beyond tasteless and disgusting.
  8. by   TexasPediRN
    i saw on the news today that this tv show was announced as a hoax..

    some hoax....

  9. by   oramar
    AOL is carrying hoax report also. Apparently contestants really do need kidneys but doner is not dying and NOBODY is getting kidney on this show anyway. It was all done to draw attention to the problems of people waiting for organ doners.
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    Here's the story on the hoax:

    The whole thing, first real, then being a hoax, has all been done in poor taste.
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
  12. by   oramar
    Well they finally did it, they found the bottom of the barrel. That is saying a lot considering the history of the media.