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More organ solicitation Web sites developed

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Oct. 4, 2004

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Todd Krampitz, a Houston man who successfully advertised on billboards and the Internet for a new liver, has gained 10 pounds, and the liver he received Aug. 12 is functioning, his site says.

The site (link) also includes links to other personal Web sites of individuals requesting organs. The sites have created concern that others on the organ waiting list will be bypassed in favor of those with the most compelling story or who are more skilled at using the Internet or news media to get their story to the public. Defenders, however, say these stories "put a face" in the public's mind regarding the thousands of people on the organ waiting list and might spur more people to register as organ donors.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2004/10/04/prbf1004.htm.

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