Give a Kidney for Christ

Most people have probably heard that old urban legend about a guy who shares a drink with a stranger at a bar and then wakes up in a bathtub full of ice the next morning without a kidney... the victim of kidney harvesters. But the following case is almost the exact opposite. Members of the 'Jesus Christians' cult are lying and scheming in order to get rid of their kidneys, even though the medical authorities don't want them. The leader of the cult, Dave McKay, encourages his followers to donate their kidneys. He considers the donation to be a kind of sacrifice to Christ. The problem is that Australia, where the cult is based, doesn't allow kidney donations from strangers because they don't want to encourage a black market in organs. Therefore the Jesus Christians are resorting to deception in order to fob off their kidneys. So what would happen if you shared a drink with a stranger in a bar... who turned out to be a Jesus Christian? I don't even want to think about it.

Body Manipulation Religion Urban Legends

Posted on Wed Jul 07, 2004


You wake up in a hotel bathtub full of ice with a note sitting next to you saying, "Call the hospital immediately. I have given you an extra kidney."? Just a guess...
Posted by Miss Black  on  Wed Jul 07, 2004  at  09:23 AM
Posted by parazyte  on  Wed Jul 07, 2004  at  11:13 AM
I believe there could be a Jesus Christian at every australian bar, waiting for that stranger who will eventually come and share a drink with them and also put them in a hotel bathtub full of ice where they can wake up (without a kidney, duh).
Posted by parazyte  on  Wed Jul 07, 2004  at  11:19 AM
What's with the bathtub full of ice? I haven't seen any variation without the bathtub full of ice part.
Posted by Ariel  on  Wed Jul 07, 2004  at  11:39 AM
The bathtub full of ice is the best detail in the whole story. It's what makes the whole scenario so creepy. I don't think the story would work as well without it.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Jul 07, 2004  at  12:18 PM
Bathtub for of ice: Maybe it's to help the blood clot? Just a guess
Posted by Jenny  on  Wed Jul 07, 2004  at  05:55 PM
I'd agree with Alex - it makes the story much more creepy.
I'd say the 'purpose' of the bathtub full of ice would be to slow down a person's metabolism and heart rate, meaning they'll bleed less. Because kidney harvesters are obviously caring enough to stick you in a tub full of ice but not to cauterise any blood vessels they rupture 😉 My guess is it's grown out of the fact that if you chop your finger off or something its best to put it on ice until you get to the hospital (in a severed bit this will slow cell death processes)
Posted by Nefertari  on  Wed Jul 07, 2004  at  10:18 PM
The ice bit may result from a confused version of the transplant process. After a donated organ is removed, the organ (not the donor) is usually put on ice or otherwise kept cold until it arrives in the operating room for the implantation.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Wed Jul 07, 2004  at  10:36 PM
I had my kidney removed but they didn't let me keep it in a jar maybe the ice is so the flies and carpenter ants won't smell the rotting flesh because everyone knows a freezer that's plugged in and turned on smells a whole lot better than a freezer thats been unplugged and off with the lid closed for a couple weeks
Posted by john  on  Thu Jul 08, 2004  at  12:25 PM
oops! I meant to type APPENDIX instead of KIDNEY!
Posted by john  on  Thu Jul 08, 2004  at  12:27 PM
ha ha, Miss Black! :o) What WOULD you do if you discovered you were sharing a drink with a jesus christian? I'm curious to know what people really think.
Posted by jasmine  on  Fri Jul 09, 2004  at  09:16 AM
Yeah, the bathtub full of ice is surely the most important detail. I mean, give or take a few organs, whatever, but waking up in a bathtub full of ice! That would be very alarming. And by the way, Big Gary seem to be suggesting that the person who wakes up in the bathtub full of ice is the organ in a transplant process. So you better stick around so you will stay fresh. Somebody obviously needs a new You.
Posted by parazyte  on  Tue Jul 13, 2004  at  08:55 AM
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