Organ trade

In the developing world some people sell their organs. Such people are often in grave poverty or are exploited by salespersons.  People traveling to make use of such kidneys, sometimes known as “transplant tourists,” are not looked upon favorably by organizations such as the U.S. National Kidney Foundation.  These patients may have increased complications owing to poor infection control and lower medical and surgical standards.  One surgeon has said that organ trade could be legalized in the UK to prevent such tourism, but this is not seen by the National Kidney Research Fundas the answer to a deficit in donors. (Wikipedia)

Worldwide, there is a shortage of kidneys.  In the US 105,000 patients are waiting for an organ transplant; more than 4,000 new patients are added to the waiting list each month.  Every day, 18 people die while waiting for a transplant of a vital organ. (link Kidney.org)

Image from DailyMail.co.UK  (link)

The men in this photo live in the Baseco area in the South Port area of Manila, Philippines. For a payment of £1,000 these men “volunteer”{ to donate a kidney.  Many have large families to support, others are boys as young as 16 who give their kidneys to help their families.  They responds to ads in response to the demand for kidneys from wealthy Japanese, American, and British patients.  (link to article)

60 person Kidney transplant chain (article New York Times Feb 18, 2012)

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