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Cash bid for kidney
Peter Randall
Peter Randall said selling the kidney was "a small price to pay"

A father who put his kidney up for auction on the internet to help his sick daughter has been offered 80,000 for the organ.

Peter Randall, from Sevenoaks, Kent, wanted to sell one of his kidneys to help fund medical treatment for his six-year-old daughter who has Cerebral Palsy.

He had posted an advert on the internet site Ebay for the organ with a reserve price of 50,000 although it was removed by the company which said the sale of body parts was banned.

On Friday Mr Randall told The Sun newspaper he had been contacted by a woman in America who had offered 80,000 for the kidney.

Obviously I will be discussing this at home. But I shall be waiting to see what other offers come in
Peter Randall
She said the organ would be for her husband who urgently needs a transplant.

In the e-mail she wrote: "I am ready to pay 80,000 to get a successful transaction. 30,000 today and the rest shortly after the operation. All money will be paid in person."

Mr Randall said: "Obviously I will be discussing this at home. But I shall be waiting to see what other offers come in."

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

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

Mr Randall said he and partner Jennifer Stanbury need the cash to pay for special Conduction education for their daughter Alice to enable her to walk.

The couple have already spent about 30,000 on the treatment but more money is needed for it to continue.


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