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Auction site removes kidney advert
No bids were received for Mr Randall's 50,000 kidney
A internet auction site has removed an advert for a man's kidney - put on sale with a reserve price of 50,000.

Peter Randall, from Sevenoaks in Kent, wanted to sell his kidney to pay for medical treatment for his daughter who has Cerebral Palsy.

His advert, on the internet site Ebay, described the organ as coming from a "non-smoking male who drinks only socially and is in good health".

Ebay took the advert off its site on Thursday and said the sale of human body parts was banned.

The kidney had already been for sale for a week but had not attracted any bids.

The sale of human body parts on Ebay is strictly prohibited.
Ebay statement

The Department of Health had warned 49-year-old Mr Randall he was breaking the law and could face prosecution.

Mr Randall said he decided to try to sell his kidney to fund treatment for his six-year-old daughter Alice.

Thriving black market

He told the Sun newspaper he and Alice's mother, Jennifer Stanbury, 44, had already spent 30,000 on a new therapy known as conductive education to help her walk.

They want her to attend a special school in Billingshurst, West Sussex, which provides the education.

But he said more money was needed to enable her to continue that type of treatment.

While paying for a transplant organ is illegal in most countries, there is a thriving black market.

Peter Randall
Peter Randall said selling the kidney was 'a small price to pay'

Health Minister Rosie Winterton said: "The trading of human organs for profit is illegal and it will stay that way.

"It will also remain illegal to advertise organs for sale.

"This government will not allow the exploitation of vulnerable people and the buying and selling of human bodies or their parts in this way."

A Department of Health spokesman said it would be up to the police whether to take any action against Mr Randall or against Ebay.

Ebay removed the advert after it received publicity in the media.

'I can survive'

The company issued a statement which said: "The sale of human body parts on Ebay is strictly prohibited. The listing in question was removed from the site."

Mr Randall's advert had said the kidney was available subject to "correct medical standards and compatibility" and could be posted to a buyer in the UK, Middle East, Asia or Europe.

He told the Sun: "I can survive with one kidney. It is a small price to pay to see my little girl take her first steps."

Alice has been going to a mainstream primary school that has a physical disability unit attached.

But her parents want Kent County Council to fund her special education.

A council spokeswoman said Mr Randall had appealed to an independent tribunal over the decision not to fund the education but had lost the case.

She said: "Professionals who have expertise in special needs education believe this is a suitable and appropriate placement for Alice where she can continue to learn in a safe and happy environment."


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