Suspicious Mother Halts Organ Donation
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 Croft, intervened. …