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04/18/1998

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Woman Tries to Sell Kidney to Pay Debts

For the last six months, Svetlana Golovina has worked 18 hours a day selling lipstick and hair combs in a Rostov-on-Don market to pay off a $45,000 debt. But when her son was arrested on a drug charge in January, Golovina said it was the last straw. In desperation, she wrote to both local and national newspapers, offering to sell something she hopes will solve her dire financial situation. The mother of three, who used to work as a hairdresser, said she could see no other way to get around the problem except by selling one of her kidneys. ""I simply want to pay back the money I owe,"" a distraught Golovina said in a telephone interview. ""People who have been run over by buses survive on one kidney, so I can live on one, too."" Larissa Khachikova, a close friend who has allowed Golovina and her two daughters to stay in her small apartment for the past year, said Golovina had reached the end of her tether.

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