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Ways to Reduce the Kidney Shortage

NY times Sep1The New York Times | Sep 1, 2014

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The United States and many other nations are confronting a heart-rending problem: The number of kidneys available for transplants falls far short of the need.

While some argue that the way to reduce the growing shortage is to pay living donors for kidneys, either in cash or government benefits, there are many ways to increase the supply without paying for human organs, which is prohibited by the 1984 National Organ Transplant Act and generally opposed by the World Health Organization...


Kidney trafficking gang that ran underground hospital jailed by Beijing court

 South China Morning Post

The South China Morning Post| August 22, 2014

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Fifteen people involved in the black-market organ trade - including doctors - have been sentenced to prison by a Beijing court for harvesting and selling 51 kidneys, the largest haul in recent mainland history.

The group's mastermind, Zheng Wei, 46, was sentenced to 12 years in jail by the No 1 Intermediate People's Court on Wednesday, while 14 other members received terms between 3-1/2 years and nine years, the Beijing Times reported. They were charged with coercing people into selling their organs...

Suspected Qalubiya organ trafficking gang released pending trial

 Cairo Post

The Cairo Post | August 27, 2014

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CAIRO — A 16-member gang involved in human organ trafficking activities in the Qalyubia city of Shubra Al Kheima was released from prison on Tuesday evening after ensuring that they’re not a flight risk, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

They were arrested on August 25, after six out of 16 persons have been arrested on charges of luring others into selling their kidneys in Qalyubia governorate while the other ten persons were accused of selling their kidneys and being involved in this illegal trade...

Transplant Brokers in Israel Lure Desperate Kidney Patients to Costa Rica

The NY Times Aug17

 The New York Times | August 17, 2014

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RAMAT GAN, Israel — Aside from the six-figure price tag, what was striking was just how easy it was for Ophira Dorin to buy a kidney.

Two years ago, as she faced the dispiriting prospect of spending years on dialysis, Ms. Dorin set out to find an organ broker who could help her bypass Israel’s lengthy transplant wait list. Only 36, she had a promising job at a software company and dreams of building a family. To a woman who raced cars for kicks, it seemed unthinkable that her best days might be tethered to a soul-sapping machine.

For five years, Ms. Dorin had managed her kidney disease by controlling her diet, but it had gradually overrun her resistance. Unable to find a matching donor among family and friends, she faced a daily battle against nausea, exhaustion and depression.

A broker who trades in human organs might seem a difficult thing to find...

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