Canadian Caregivers: ‘Keep Yer Kidney, Christian Cultist’

So this guy wakes up in a bathtub full of ice in Tijuana: No, that’s the other kidney story. This one is about a Canadian hospital that is refusing to let a guy from Australia donate his kidney to a woman he does not personally know as a way to prove his religious faith. Whatever happened to the simple acts of faith, like tithing and giving food and clothing to the poor at Christmas and Easter?

‘I decided to do it [donate a kidney] because I like positive things that can be done to help people.’

Sydney man Ash Falkingham is a member of the Jesus Christians, a group led by guru David Mckay, who believe kidney donation is the “ultimate” expression of faith.

Nineteen of the group’s 30 members living in Kenya, Britain, the United States and Australia have donated a kidney as part of their desire to “live selflessly”, ABC Television’s Australian Story reports tonight.

Mr. Falkingham believes the group, led by guru David McKay, is simply following the true teachings of Christ.

Those teachings must have been from one of the lost books of the New Testament — the Book of Ectomies. Of course, the 20-year-old’s parents think he’s been brainwashed by the surgery-happy Jesus freaks:

Mr. Falkingham was in Canada for the operation because “non-directed” kidney donations are banned in Australia.

He said that under Australian law he would be required to have a long-term friendship with a recipient before donating.

He barely knows the Canadian woman, Sandi Sabloff, who was to have received his kidney, having met her online through the website Living Donors.

“The Jesus Christians believe that what Jesus said, he meant,” Mr. Falkingham said.

“I decided to do it [donate a kidney] because I like positive things that can be done to help people.”

Come on, clean your neighbor’s gutters, collect donations for Haiti, mentor a kid (on second thought, maybe not) or something. There are plenty of positive things that can be done without giving a kidney to a stranger.

Oh, and if I were the recipient, I might be concerned about the effect having a “Jesus Christian” organ inside me might have. Ever since “Frankenstein” we’ve had a whole slew of films that explore what happens when transplanted organs from crazy people “go bad.” Next thing you know, the recipient might be handing out corneas, ear drums or skin grafts, who knows?


  • Bucky Goldberg
    June 4, 2007 - 5:59 pm | Permalink

    “I want you to eat me…”

    “With a gamey leg??”

  • June 5, 2007 - 6:21 am | Permalink

    It’s one way of reducing the Christian Idiot population, one little piece a ta time. How about Heart donors? I’m sure there’s something in the Bible about “giving your heart”, right?

  • nikolai
    June 5, 2007 - 11:04 am | Permalink

    What?! I’d be PISSED if I needed a kidney and some wacko law/doctor/hospital forbade some other wacko from giving it to me! So, what if no other kidney is available, are they going to let this woman die?!

  • Bob
    June 7, 2007 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    Good point Nikolai, imagine how Sandi feels. Ash isn’t a wacko, he just wants to help some one. And donating a kidney is a perfectly viable way to do that.

  • Paul
    June 7, 2007 - 3:47 pm | Permalink

    How do you feel Sandi must think to have the hospital firstly say, “the operation is going ahead”, and then because of the supposedly bad press, they say no. I think this is really bad press for them. Someone trying to help someone is now become a crime. It just shows where the world is really at.

  • Martin
    June 11, 2007 - 8:47 am | Permalink

    We all know we should love our neighbour. Ash is trying to save someone’s life but Buck has reacted to the idea because it shows how UNloving Buck is. Do YOU need your gutters cleaned, Buck? Then you should hope and pray that someone like Ash is there when YOU to be helped.

  • sue
    June 11, 2007 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

    The entire ABC documentary on Ash’s donation and how it was stopped by his parents can now be seen here so you can decide for yourself who got hurt and who was in their right mind!

    I think it takes a bit of empathy to put yourself in a kidney patient’s shoes to decide whether organ transplants should be encouraged or frowned upon. If you don’t know someone suffering from kidney disease, you should at least learn a little about what it’s like before condemning kidney donation from living altruistic donors like Ash.

  • kissitree
    June 12, 2007 - 3:54 am | Permalink

    I posted this elsewhere, but here it is again.

    How is tithing, giving to charity? All you are doing is giving money to maintain your church building! And ‘giving food and clothing to the poor at Christmas? What, you think people only need food and clothes at Christmas time? You, my un-informed (and apathetic?) friend, need to take a look at what goes on in the world outside your own neighbourhood, and outside of your own country.

    Buck said originally, there are plenty of positive things you can do to help someone without giving a kidney. A couple of thoughts. Perhaps all the other smalle

  • kissitree
    June 12, 2007 - 3:59 am | Permalink

    Sorry for not including this last time. For the uninformed, below are a couple of links to articles which are related to kidney donations. One is about a woman whose employer will basically terminate her employment for wanting to take time off to donate to a friend of hers. The other is about the increase in human trafficking for body parts.,2933,280732,00.html

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