Senin, 03 Agustus 2009

Buying/Selling Kidneys

A Brooklyn businessman named Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum was arrested in New Jersey in 2009 for allegedly trying to broker the purchase of a kidney for $160,000. According to the criminal complaint filed against him, Mr. Rosenbaum told an undercover agent that he could arrange for a live kidney donor from Israel, and that they would then fabricate a fictitious “relationship” between the donor and the recipient so that the hospital in the U.S. would not become suspicious.

The Rosenbaum case is just one example of the shadowy black market in human organs worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that about 10% of the more than 60,000 kidneys transplanted each year come from living donors who have sold their kidneys strictly for money. The temptation is hard to resist, especially for donors from poor countries where the choice may come down to selling a kidney or selling a child. The practice is not even illegal in some countries (Pakistan is an example), and as a result those countries are rapidly developing thriving “transplant tourism” enterprises.

What, if anything, could be done about the shortage of organs for transplantation?

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