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. ...