EBay removes ad for sale of human kidney

Auction Web site eBay removed a listing Thursday from a British man who was attempting to sell one of his kidneys to finance medical treatment for his sick daughter.

Peter Randall had put a reserve price of 50,000 pounds (U.S. $85,000) for the kidney on an advertisement on eBay which described him as a "49-year-old non-smoking male who drinks only socially and who is in good health," and said that the organ could be posted to a buyer in Britain, the Middle East, Asia, Europe or North America.

Randall told The Sun newspaper that he was trying to raise money for special therapy for his 6-year-old daughter Alice, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Randall and his partner, Jennifer Stanbury, 44, say the treatment had given them hope their daughter might walk.

A spokeswoman for eBay said the advertisement, which had been running for a week with no bids, was pulled when the company was alerted to its presence Thursday morning.

"Humans, the human body or any human body parts may not be listed on eBay or included as a gift, prize or in connection with a giveaway or charity," the company said in a statement. "The listing in question contravened these policies and was removed from the site."

News source: CNN

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