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Kidneys for sale: Iran’s trade in organs

Kidneys for sale: Iran’s trade in organs | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

Iran is the only country in the world where it is legal to sell a kidney. Donors get money from the buyer and from the state, a system which eradicated waiting lists but, detractors say, now exploits the poor and vulnerable. Here, we follow one terrible story.

 

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This article exposes the harsh reality of a poor family selling virtually everything they have in order to 'buy' a live donor kidney for their son. This story does not have a happy ending.

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Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Surgeon and Nobel Winner, Dies at 93

Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Surgeon and Nobel Winner, Dies at 93 | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The history and background to the first successful human organ transplant performed by a team led by Dr. Joseph Murray in 1954 in a Boston hospital, is featured in this article. The surgery involved a  23-year-old man donating his kidney to his identical twin brother.

 

This post has been published in light of the recent death of Dr Murray who received the Nobel prize for his endeavours in bringing organ transplantation into clinical reality.

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Inside the hospitals performing thousands black market organ transplant procedures

Inside the hospitals performing thousands black market organ transplant procedures | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

In India, where these pictures were taken, around 2,000 people are thought to illegally sell their kidneys each year on the black market. This article exposes this practice and provides some estimates on how many of these type of procedures may be being performed per year internationally.

 

The language used to describe the conditions in some of the hospitals where these particular surgeries are being undertaken is not mild. For further information click on the banner headline.

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More evidence of what happens when desperate patients link up with desperate individuals who are prepared to sell their own organs with brokers acting as the so called 'middle men'.

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