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Kidney Transplant 'Tourism' Comes With Risks: Study

Health DayHealthDay News | November 6, 2015

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By Amy Norton

When people languish on a wait-list for a kidney transplant, they may start to consider a desperate measure: Traveling to a country where they can buy a donor kidney on the black market.

But beyond the legal and ethical pitfalls, experts say, the health risks are not worth it.

Most countries ban the practice, sometimes called "transplant tourism," and it has been widely condemned on ethical grounds. Now a new study highlights another issue: People who buy a donor kidney simply do not fare as well.

Researchers in Bahrain found that people who traveled abroad to buy a kidney -- to countries like the Philippines, India, Pakistan and Iran -- sometimes developed serious infections.

Those infections included the liver diseases hepatitis B and C, as well as cytomegalovirus, which can be life-threatening to transplant recipients, the investigators said.

In addition, people who bought donor kidneys also faced higher rates of surgical complications and organ rejection, versus those who received a legal transplant in their home country...

New law will regulate organ donation, criminalize organ trafficking

Malta todayMalta Today | November 10, 2015

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By Tim Diacono

A new law will regulate the donation of organs, rendering people's express wishes to become organ donors legally binding.

It will also criminalize the trafficking and sale of human organs for financial gain. 

Addressing a press conference to launch the Bill that will eventually be debated in Parliament, health parliamentary secretary Chris Fearne said that the Superintendent of Public Health will be tasked with maintaining a National Human Organ And Tissues Donation Register. 

People will be able to register the organs they would like or not like to donate, and unlike the current donor card system, the register will be legally-binding. People will be able to amend their organ donation wishes at any time during their lifetime.

Only residents of Malta older than 16 who don't suffer from a mental disorder can volunteer their names for this list. In the case of death of a person not on the register of of a person younger than 16, the person's relatives will get to make the decision on whether their organs should be donated or not.

A price tag for human organs

The Star OnlineThe Star Online | October 4, 2015

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By Yuen Meikeng 

A new Act aimed at stopping the illegal organ trade involving Malaysian patients is currently being studied by the Attorney-General’s Chambers.

DISHEARTENED by the prospect of a long wait for a transplant, kidney patient Simon (not his real name) decided to take a chance on a deal to get the organ in China. Paying a significant amount of money to a third party, the 50-year-old businessman flew to China and was checked into a facility for eight days.

“I lived in fear of being discovered. I could not sleep,” he says of his time there, as such unregulated private transplants are illegal in China.

The operation was a success, says Simon, and he is currently on a course of anti-rejection drugs that costs him a few thousand ringgit a month.

Asked what made him resort to such drastic measures, he says he might have had to wait years for a transplant through regular channels in Malaysia; furthermore, he is already 50 and is not a preferred candidate for an organ compared with younger patients, he says...

5 human organ traffickers put on 3-day remand

Dhaka TribuneDhaka Tribune | Aug 27, 2012
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A Dhaka court has granted three-day remand for each of five members of an international human organ trafficking syndicate, rejecting bail petition.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Hasibul Haq passed the order on Saturday afternoon after they were produced by DB Inspector Alamgir Hossain Patwari, seeking 10-day remand plea for each of them.

Detectives arrested five members of an international human organ trafficking syndicate during drives in different parts of Dhaka.

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A Dhaka court has granted three-day remand for each of five members of an international human organ trafficking syndicate, rejecting bail petition.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Hasibul Haq passed the order on Saturday afternoon after they were produced by DB Inspector Alamgir Hossain Patwari, seeking 10-day remand plea for each of them.

Detectives arrested five members of an international human organ trafficking syndicate during drives in different parts of Dhaka.

- See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-and-rights/2015/aug/29/5-human-organ-traffickers-put-3-day-remand#sthash.uwQQ346t.dpuf

By Md Sanaul Islam Tipu

A Dhaka court has granted three-day remand for each of five members of an international human organ trafficking syndicate, rejecting bail petition.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Hasibul Haq passed the order on Saturday afternoon after they were produced by DB Inspector Alamgir Hossain Patwari, seeking 10-day remand plea for each of them.

Detectives arrested five members of an international human organ trafficking syndicate during drives in different parts of Dhaka...

A Dhaka court has granted three-day remand for each of five members of an international human organ trafficking syndicate, rejecting bail petition.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Md Hasibul Haq passed the order on Saturday afternoon after they were produced by DB Inspector Alamgir Hossain Patwari, seeking 10-day remand plea for each of them.

Detectives arrested five members of an international human organ trafficking syndicate during drives in different parts of Dhaka.

- See more at: http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-and-rights/2015/aug/29/5-human-organ-traffickers-put-3-day-remand#sthash.uwQQ346t.dpuf

 

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