National Geographic
National Geographic 24 Dec 2020

Donating a Kidney to a Stranger


Watch the personal story of Hendrik Gerrits as he donates his kidney to a stranger, setting off a kidney donor chain that becomes a life-changing experience for him, as well as the transplant recipient involved.

In this edition, as we enter the holiday season - a time during which NGOs launch donation campaigns and people tend to ponder more on generosity - we look at how blockchain and crypto funds are now facilitating the act of donating. We speak to the executive director of Unicef France, an agency that has been a pioneer in launching its very own crypto fund. 
UK victims of online romance scams have been conned out of more than £63m over the past year.

Action Fraud says 800 more cases were reported in 2020 than the previous year as more people turned to the internet to meet people during the pandemic.

One victim lost £30,000 to a stranger from Tinder and now faces the possibility of losing her home.

"You're getting my kidney." A widow donated her kidney to the same man saved by her late husband's organs 16 years earlier.
Dr. Phillip Peven, 104, reportedly used his own sperm to artificially inseminate hundreds of women during his decades-long career as an OBGYN, without their knowledge. Jamie Hall wanted to know who her biological father was. She had been told that her mother used a sperm donation from a family friend to become pregnant. "It wasn't until I did a DNA (test) … that shattered that lovely dream," Hall told Inside Edition. She went to meet Peven, who she said made an astonishing confession.

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