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124 Can I sell my kidney?




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This article is from the Organ Transplant FAQ, by mike_holloway@hotmail.com (Michael Holloway) with numerous contributions by others.

124 Can I sell my kidney?

Question:

Is it legal to sell my own kidney. If so, how do I go about doing it? I
am in need of cash for my family needs.

Answer:
Paid donation is illegal in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and all of
Europe. In India, paid organ donation has been tolerated in the past, but
the government there has passed a resolution intended to eliminate the
practice. To date, no reputable organization pays for human organs
anywhere in the world. Although paid donation may occur in some parts of
the world, the lack of accountability of the unscrupulous individuals
that engage in this practice means that it is an unsafe to either donate
a kidney through such an organization, or purchase a kidney in this way.

Jeff Punch, Transplantation Surgery, University of Michigan
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