The only gift is a portion of thyself - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The buying and selling of blood is still around, but it has been pushed into the background by the phenomenal emergence of organ transplants and the demand for living human organs, especially kidneys.
Even though the sale or profiting from the purchase of human organs has been outlawed in every country in the world (except Iran), a planet-wide black market has arisen as a consequence.
There are reports of donors having been recruited from the Brazilian slums and flown to South Africa where their kidneys were surgically removed. They were paid six to ten thousand dollars and flown back home with one remaining kidney. The South African middlemen were then able to flog the "donated" organ for about one hundred thousand. Not too shabby a margin of profit.
Some organ donors may not even be that lucky. There are documented cases of wealthy people on dialysis who "short-cut" the wait by travelling to China to receive the kidneys of executed prisoners. There are even stories of women in India who are forced by their husbands to sell their organs to western buyers in order to provide dowries for their daughters.
As the shortage of transplants continues and the demand increases, it can only get worse. Is there a way out of this conundrum? There is talk now of legalizing the trade in human organs in order to choke out the booming black market. If this somehow happens, one can only imagine what the future will look like.
In the United States, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) provides a toll-free patient services lines to help transplant candidates, recipients, and family members understand organ allocation practices and transplantation data. You may also call this number to discuss problems you may be experiencing with your transplant center or the transplantation system in general.
More people are waiting than receiving. If organ donation is something you would be interested in, check out organdonor.gov or designate your decision in a living will or on your driver's license. The death of a loved one is a traumatic and devastating event - but the donation of vital organs is a gift for which there are no words or thanks.
The demand for viable organ transplants is not going away any time soon. We are either going to have to find an ethical and honourable way of solving this enormous problem or the day of "Big Al’s Used Organ Lot" may not be so far away.
As experts in community-based fundraising, we help patients and families faced with a transplant or catastrophic injury tackle the daunting task of bridging the financial gap between what their health insurance will cover and what they actually need to heal, live and thrive.
MatchingDonors.com is a web site created to give people in need of transplant surgery an active way to search for a live organ donor. Our goal is to increase the number of transplant surgeries and improve awareness of live organ donation.
The Mendez National Institute of Transplantation (MNIT) is a public non-profit organization that adheres to its founding mission:
To advance the science and practice of transplantation through research, technical service, and educational programs
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The Transplant Experience program was created to meet your specific needs throughout the transplant process. It's information. It's tools and tips. It's real advice, from experts in transplantation and other transplant recipients.
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TRIO is an independent, not-for-profit, international organization committed to improving the quality of life of transplant candidates, recipients, their families and the families of organ and tissue donors
TransWeb features news and events, real people's experiences, the top 10 myths about donation, a donation quiz, and a large collection of questions and answers, as well as a reference area with everything from articles to videos.
The Kidney & Urology Foundation of America provides research grants and develops quality educational conferences for physicians and other medical professionals in the nephrology, urology and transplant communities.
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Our mission is to provide expertise and support for family and friends of individuals with blood disorders or blood malignancies who are raising funds for treatment, blood stem cell transplants, donor recruitment and/or donor searches.
The increasing effectiveness of transplantation means that many more patients can be considered for treatment in this way. But there is a serious shortage of donors.
Unlike some other NHS organisations, ODT do not have a direct relationship with patients and do not provide "hands on" care. However, in providing support to transplantation services across the UK, everything ODT does has an impact on the quality of service delivered to individual patients.
The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network is the unified transplant network established by the United States Congress under the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984. The act called for the network to be operated by a private, non-profit organization under federal contract
The David Foster Foundation is dedicated to two chief goals; to provide financial assistance for non-medical expenses, which are not otherwise covered by governmental agencies, to families in Canada with children who are in need of major organ transplants, and to raise public awareness regarding organ donation.
Established in 1999, the TransplantBuddies site provides information about the transplant process, resources covering drugs and side effects, and daily discussions about living life as a transplant patient. The site also includes members' photos and life stories covering experiences of both transplant recipients and donors.
Transplantation of human organs and tissues, which saves many lives and restores essential functions for many otherwise untreatable patients, both in developing and developed countries, has been a topic for ethical scrutiny and health care policy-making for more than thirty years.
An organ transplant is the moving of a whole or partial organ from one body to another (or from a donor site on the patient's own body), for the purpose of replacing the recipient's damaged or failing organ with a working one from the donor site.