AskNadia: Please Do Not Reach Out to Me to Sell Your Organ

Dear Nadia,

I am a 34-year-old Nigerian male. Kindly help me, I want to sell one of my kidney’s. I am o+positive.

AE

Dear AE:

I am not in the organ brokering business, and I have mixed feeling about your FB message, asking me to help you sell your organ.

A few years back, I saw a program on HBO featuring a Turkish and an Israeli physician who discussed their role in selling kidneys on the organ trafficking market. The Turk, a surgeon, saw himself as a skilled physician who can extend patients’ lives. The Israeli, a nephrologist, saw himself as a hero.

Both work in a shady industry where some people’s demands and pocketbooks operate at levels far beyond our society’s comfort zone.

Many people consider organ trafficking to be a questionable field.
American and Canadian organ recipients featured in the documentary shared their views on their choice. I’m sure that some viewers found them to be selfish, justifying and rationalizing their desperation. Other viewers may have thought otherwise, seeing the recipients as stakeholders in an emerging new concept of choice, that challenges narrow views and demands serious consideration.

Are these physicians and patients pioneers in an industry that is being held back by society’s refusal to recognize a primal need for survival, both physical and economic? For organ recipients, transplants are about living. For organ procurers and sellers, their livelihoods and the ability to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves are often at stake. What do they have in common? They are concerned about their lives, transacting a costly and painful deal, giving up an organ with the dream for a better life.

Those considerations aside, are we playing God when we use trafficked organs to extend life?  Who decides which medical intervention is ethical and whether it’s morally correct? to add another layer to this topic, a while back, we wrote an article aboutprisoners on death row and their contribution to this controversial topic, Should States Let Inmates Donate Organs?

I wonder how the donor landscape would appear if prisoners who wanted to donate an organ could do so, either by giving a single organ, such as a kidney, or all of their organs provided that their execution didn’t damage those organs.

I would say, going abroad to third-world organ sources would probably considerably wane.

What do you think? What advice do you have for our 34-year old Nigerian? I would like to hear your thoughts on any one of these points on our Facebook page. Organs for sale is a highly controversial topic, and I would like everyone to be respectful of other people’s opinions. We lose our strength as a community when demonizing people we do not agree with.

As the Publisher of Diabetes Health- it is my job to show both sides of the coin. We can learn from each other making a note of someone else’s logic. Or not. Everyone lives with contradictions. I have friends that only eat organic and can go a monologue tirade about the food industry but consume more alcohol than I can imagine. Am I better than them because I don’t always buy organic and drink less alcohol? No. I have my contradictions, which I can’t think of right now:)

You might also be interested in reading about about The Edmonton Protocol, the first study in which 100 percent of islet-transplant recipients have been insulin-independent for one year.

 

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Nadia was not only born into a family with diabetes but also married into one. She was propelled at a young age into “caretaker mode,” and with her knowledge of the scarcity of resources, support, and understanding for people with diabetes, co-founded Diabetes Interview, now Diabetes Health magazine.

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