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Complainant Name:
Anna Brennan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Metro

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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 www.livingdonorsonline.org.

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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