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Worries over illegal organ market

Bangkok Post OctBangkok Post | October 27, 2014

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PHNOM PENH - The seven-inch scar runs diagonally across the left flank of his skinny torso, a glaring reminder of an operation he hoped would save his family from debt but instead plunged him into shame.

Chhay, 18, sold his kidney for $3,000 in an illicit deal that saw him whisked from a rickety one-room house on the outskirts of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh to a gleaming hospital in the medical tourism hub of neighbouring Thailand.

His shadowy journey, which went unnoticed by authorities two years ago, has instigated Cambodia's first-ever cases of organ trafficking and the arrests of two alleged brokers.

It has also raised fears that other victims hide beneath the radar...

Transplant Committee experts to the Pope for the European Day: promoting donation to put an end to organ trafficking

POPE EODD EODD 2014 | Oct 9, 2014

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“Organs trafficking exists because supply and demand are out of balance: if there was more availability of organs, there would be a stop to the illegal trafficking,” So was claimed by Jose A. Nuñez, Medical Officer of the Transplantation Service Delivery and Safety (SDS) of the World Health Organization that has today participated with a delegation of about 80 experts from the Transplantation Committee of the Council of Europe (CD-P-TO) in the general hearing of the Pope, who has once again condemned the illegal sale of organs and stressed that the donation is a testimony of love for our neighbor who must safeguard, however, the certainty of death. European experts have come to Rome for the European Day for Organ Donation which will be celebrated on October 11 with a number of initiatives in several locations of the capital. “Globally, only 10% of patients receive an organ. The formula to reverse this trend is to promote the donation – the WHO expert continued – but at the same time the political authorities should take steps to a tough legislation against trafficking of human beings and organs intended for transplantation. ” ...

Former medical director faces more than 140 years in prison in organ trafficking case

Costa RicaInside Costa Rica | October 1, 2014

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Dr. Francisco Mora Palma, the former head of nephrology at the Calderon Guardia Hospital, is facing more than 140 years in prison on charges of illegal organ harvesting and embezzlement, according to an indictment filed with the Criminal Court of San Jose recently obtained by the press.

Authorities arrested Mora Palma on June 18th, 2013 after an investigation revealed his involvement in an apparent transnational organ trafficking network. 

Mora Palma faces more than 140 years in prison – 10 years for each of 14 counts – if convicted only on the charges of human trafficking for the purpose of illegal organ harvesting, according to section 172 of the penal code...

 

Surgeons in audience with the Pope launch SOS against organ trafficking

Chirurghi in udienza dal Papa lanciano SOS contro traffico organi

Papa meetingLa Stampa | September 21, 2014

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English translation courtesy of the DICG, click on the link above to access the original article in Italian.

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"The Holy Father received in audience Professor Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, with surgeons attending a congress on organ trafficking," the Vatican Press Office declared in a statement.

According to news agency ANSA, "the mayor Ignazio Marino, himself a former surgeon, did the honours of the house after the audience this morning with Pope Francis."...

 

Read the complete article in English translation here.

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Nell corso dell' incontro, che è durato circa 20 minuti, è stato fatto il punto sul problema del traffico internazionale di organi

roma

''Il Santo Padre ha ricevuto in udienza il Professor Ignazio Marino, Sindaco di Roma, con alcuni Chirurghi partecipanti al Congresso sul traffico di organi per trapianto,” informa in una nota la Sala Stampa Vaticana.

Secondo l’agenzia ANSA, “a fare gli onori di casa è il sindaco Ignazio Marino, anche lui chirurgo, dopo l'udienza di questa mattina con Papa Francesco.”...

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