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Claim: A kidney donor demanded her organ back after the recipient changed religions.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 2006]
Origins: Context can be everything, and the lack of it explains why in August 2006 we starting receiving copies of this item (forwarded by readers who thought it might be a genuine news story) about a Christian kidney donor who demanded the return of her organ after the recipient announced she was converting from Lutheranism to "a blend of Pagan and Hindu
Not only were the e-mailed versions we received missing the context that this tale was over two years old by August 2006 (having been published originally in May 2004), but also that its source was LarkNews ("A good source for Christian news") — if the nature of the other features on the LarkNews site don't give away that the "kidney donor" article is a spoof, then the disclaimer linked at the bottom stating that "LarkNews® is a satirical newspaper published by Joel Kilpatrick" should do the trick.
In January 2009, key elements of the 2004 spoof were mirrored in real life (a phenomenon folklorists term ostension).
The couple has been separated since 2005.
Last updated: 7 January 2009
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