17 May '11, 10pm

Desperate, Americans buy kidneys from impoverished Peru

MANAGUA - Mr Luis Picado's mother remembers the day her son thought he had won the lottery. He came home to their tin-roofed cinder-block house in a slum in Managua, Nicaragua, and said he had found a way to escape poverty and start a new life in the United States. An American man had promised to give Mr Picado, a 23-year-old high school dropout who worked as a construction labourer, a job and an apartment in New York if he would donate one of his kidneys. He jumped at the deal, his mother said. Three weeks later, in May 2009, Mr Picado came out of surgery at Managua's Military Hospital, bleeding internally from the artery doctors had severed to remove his kidney, according to medical records. "I told my boy not to worry, that I would take care of him," Ms Elizabeth Tercero, 49, said. "But it was too late." Mr Picado bled to death as doctors tried to save him, according to...

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