A French-Canadian man, status post gastric bypass surgery, has put up his pancreas for sale on eBay because he believes he contracted a rare condition that needs to be studied. The lucky bid winner will supposedly be able to make a medical breakthrough:
What exactly Meunier is offering for the $75,000 is unclear, though he does propose to serve as a research consultant for that price.
An earlier version of the ad on the BidOfferBuy site suggests he is offering much more than just his expertise.
“I need serious help…I want to do something to cure it (nesidioblastosis) or stop it,” the posting reads. “As a matter of fact, I’m so decided (sic) to help that I would be ready to place my pancreas at the disposal of serious researchers.”
According to a separate website maintained by Meunier, he developed nesidioblastosis after a gastric bypass for obesity in 2000.
Until recently medical researchers considered nesidioblastosis, or persistent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia of infancy (PHHI), rare among adults. Severe forms of the disease can cause brain damage or even death.
Meunier claims his onset was caused by the gastric bypass and wants to open the door to more research to explore the link.