Son Tricks Mother Into Accepting Kidney With eBay Scheme

When a British woman, Zainab Begum, learned her kidneys were damaged and only functioning at 25 percent, her son Imram Najeeb did what any son would do–he offered her his own. To his surprise, she refused to accept it because she said she didn’t want him to put his own life “at risk.”

Najeeb, 34, a Skipton Building Society bank manager from Blackburn, Lancashire, England, showed his mother a picture of a kidney he got from Google, and told him it was his.

He said, “Look mum – I’m selling my kidney on eBay and someone’s going to pay me £10,000 for it,” according to an interview with the British newspaper Express. Not wanting to see her son’s kidney go to a stranger, she promptly agreed.

Najeeb hatched the plan after he overheard his mother, who was undergoing dialysis three to four times a week in the hospital, talking to her cousin in Pakistan about buying a kidney and traveling abroad for the transplant. He decided it was ridiculous to let that happen when there was a perfectly good kidney right at home–his own.

The Royal Preston Hospital’s transplant recipient coordinator, Fiona Biggins, had been in contact with Najeeb about donating his kidney, and he said he offered it to his mother as soon as he learned she needed a transplant. However, the biggest obstacle he had to overcome was not medical–it was his mother’s own objections to the operation.

Kidney donation surgery can be risky, which Najeeb knew. Still, watching his mother’s condition deteriorate, he was determined to help.

He said: “But although my mum initially agreed, she then changed her mind and told me she didn’t want to take my kidney.

“She said if anything happened to me, she would never forgive herself. We were both trying to be selfless, but I desperately wanted to donate to her.

“I even asked the doctors if I could donate anonymously without my mum knowing, but they told me they couldn’t legally do this.”

Since Begum’s English isn’t perfect, it was relatively easy to accomplish this charade–and it was all for the better, because Begum told him that if he was going to sell it to a stranger, he might as well donate it to his own mother.

Begum, 52, replied: “Why would you sell your kidney to a complete stranger when you could give it to me?”

Since the trick, Begum agreed to allow her son to undergo the surgery. She received the transplant, and both mother and son are recovering.

About eight years ago, Begum, a mother of six and grandmother of 13, began losing weight and suffering from high blood pressure and headaches. Doctors soon revealed that Begum had kidney damage. More hospital tests revealed that the organs were only functioning at one-quarter of their capacity. She underwent haemodialysis three or four times a week, which cut into her family time and was a real drain on her energy.

Najeeb, who has an 8-year-old daughter, Imaan, said: “Dialysis was physically and emotionally draining for my mum.

“She was also losing out on family time with her children and grandchildren as every second day, she was in hospital for four or five hours a time.”

Najeeb is the eldest son and felt it was his duty to be a donor for his mother. Other family members expressed willingness to be test subjects, but Najeeb insisted.

He said: “As the eldest son and brother, I felt it was my responsibility and I didn’t let any of my brothers and sisters take the tests.

“But after my mum refused to let me donate my kidney, we had no choice but to let her remain on dialysis.

“She became very tired and drained and suffered from mood swings and life was very difficult.”

But now that they are both recovering, a clever trick on her son’s part should result in a mother and grandmother having many more years of quality family time ahead of her.