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Well, I’ll Be Damned

A Dutch TV contest which purported to show a dying woman choose a patient to receive her kidneys was a hoax.

The “donor” in the show was in fact an actress – though the three people vying for an organ were real patients in need of a kidney transplant.

The three knew that The Big Donor Show, which aired on Friday, was not real. The producers say it was made to highlight the shortage of Dutch donors.

“We have only done this cry for help because we want to solve a problem that shouldn’t be a problem,” a producer told a news conference after the show… (and) said it was “reality that was shocking” because about 200 people die each year while waiting for a kidney in the Netherlands, and the average waiting time is more than four years.

I take back what I said before: now that’s what you use television for.

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