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Complainant Name:
Anna Brennan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Metro


Anna Brennan complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which reported the misleading view of a woman who believed that donating a kidney could affect a woman's ability to have a family. The complaint felt this would put readers off donating kidneys and would cause undue concern for the families of those who had agreed to be donors.


The newspaper felt it had dealt with the complainant's concerns by publishing a letter on the subject. However, the complainant maintained that further action was required and the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

In our article "Alexandra Burke ‘offered ill mum her kidney'" (4 August) we quoted Melissa Bell who said that if a woman donates a kidney, she loses her chance to have a family. We have been asked to make clear that current medical evidence does not suggest that kidney donorship affects a woman's ability to have children. For further information about kidney donation and fertility visit

The item was published with due prominence in the newspaper and also appeared in the online e-version of the publication.

Date Published: 27/09/2010

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