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U of M hospital drawn into case of organ trafficker

A donor who said he was paid $25,000 for one of his kidneys – in an illegal transaction – told a federal court this week that he tried to back out at the last minute, before the transplant operation at the U hospital. But the anesthesia knocked him out, he said. U officials wouldn't comment, but they point to rigorous safeguards. The testimony came as part of a case against an organ trafficker in New York.
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A donor who said he was paid $25,000 for one of his kidneys – in an illegal transaction – told a federal court this week that he tried to back out at the last minute, before the transplant operation at the U hospital. But the anesthesia knocked him out, he said. U officials wouldn't comment, but they point to rigorous safeguards. The testimony came as part of a case against an organ trafficker in New York.

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