Byline: Barry Brown, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
TORONTO - A 24-year-old man, who was inspired by an ascetic Christian group to donate one of his kidneys to a stranger, is looking for a U.S. hospital to perform the operation because a Canadian hospital halted the operation after his mother warned of "mind control."
The intended recipient, Sandi Sabloff, fears she could die because of the delay, which she attributed to a "vindictive pretend do-gooder with no conscience."
Five years ago, the would-be donor, Ashwyn Falkingham, joined a religious group in Australia known as the Jesus Christians.
Founded in 1982 by American-born evangelist David MacKay, the Jesus Christians are anti-materialistic and believe in voluntary poverty and communal living.
Of its 25 members, 18 so far have donated a kidney, often finding beneficiaries through the U.S.-based Living Donor Web site (www.livingdonorsonline.com).
That's where Mr. Falkingham found Ms. Sabloff, a former Toronto sales executive who has suffered from chronic kidney failure for 18 years.
Mr. Falkingham was flown to Canada, where the staff at Toronto General Hospital conducted a series of tests - including a psychological evaluation - to determine whether he was a suitable donor.
He was approved, and the hospital set an April 30 date for the operation. An Australian documentary crew prepared to cover the event.
Then, Mr. Falkingham's mother, Kate …