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Kidney transplant arranged by way of Craigslist is canceled

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Doctors have called off a kidney transplant scheduled after a misplaced Craigslist ad brought together a woman in need of the transplant and a donor whose wife died from kidney failure.

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Glenn Calderbank’s wife died four years ago. He says he came across the ad seeking a kidney donor while scanning a section of the site for construction supplies.

He responded to the ad and was preparing for surgery on Tuesday. But the operation was canceled after Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania doctors found Calderbank’s liver had a chronic disease.

Doctors decided the liver disease diagnosis meant he could not give his kidney to Nina Saria.

The ad came from Saria’s husband. She suffers from kidney failure because of an autoimmune disease. The couple lives in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey.