Organ trafficking. What would you for an organ?

Tara - posted on 08/24/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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The following link is to a great story done a little over a year ago about the epidemic of human organ trafficking, what was once though to be an urban myth is now a reality.

For years the Chinese were the top transplanters of "donated" organs in the world. Which is so odd because in their religion, one must go to the other side completely intact. It was discovered that over 20,000 people a year are executed by firing squad and then their organs were harvested for sale.

So here's the link http://www.newsweek.com/2009/01/09/not-j...

It's a long one, but certainly worth the read.
If you or your child were facing death before a transplant was available where you live, would you accept a "questionable transplant" and pay up to $50000 for it, or would you maybe travel somewhere. (there are actual travel agencies who will book your whole deal, surgery, hotel stay., air fare etc.) and have a transplant done in another country paid for with cash?
Or would you wait and hope or pray that one comes in before you die.

Tara

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Jessica - posted on 08/24/2010

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I would hope that I would refuse any questionable organs that were offered. However, I have never been in a situation where one was needed by any member of my family. People do questionable things when they are desperate.

Tara - posted on 08/24/2010

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I understand and I too feel that if it were a case of my child's life I know I would do ANYTHING to save it.
But... what if you knew the organ had come from an orphan child in Brazil who was killed specifically to harvest their organs? Would you still feel the same or would you perhaps wait for a more ethical organ?

Sharon - posted on 08/24/2010

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For my kids? Anything. For me - hope & pray.

But I would seriously have to weigh the negatives of such an illegal transaction, the negatives being the health risks.

If I could get it done HERE, in the US, yeah I'd do it. I would not and could not sit by and watch my child die from something utterly preventable but unavailable here in the US.

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