Jewish Journal

Free Kidney on Craig’s List

by Annie Korzen

August 10, 2011 | 10:37 am

A short while ago I was at a meet-the-authors brunch at American Jewish University, talking about my Bargain Junkie book.  At one point I said to the audience, “I want to hear your own greatest bargain stories.  The best one I ever heard was about a woman who got a free kidney on Craigslist.  It’s hard to believe, but I’ve been assured it’s true.”
There was some disbelieving laughter, but one attractive white-haired woman raised her hand and said, “That was me!”  I couldn’t believe she was actually in the audience.  She came up to the podium and told her story.  In 2009, she had been on dialysis for two years, and on the long waiting list for a kidney transplant for four years.  One day, a friend called and said that someone on Craigslist was offering to donate a kidney to anyone in need.  She got in touch with him, and a few months later, the operation took place at UCLA.  The donor was a man who wanted to make amends for some bad choices in his life.  The kidney worked perfectly right from the start, and the woman now lives an active, healthy life.
Now that’s what I call a Bargain!

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Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has...

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