30 People Die In The US Per Day Waiting For A Kidney
Here in the United States, every two hours three people die while waiting for a kidney transplant. The list of donors doesn’t even come close to fulfilling the amount of people currently on waiting lists for a new one. A disturbing fact I found is that 84% of the people on waiting lists for organs are waiting for a kidney. The thing is though, unlike other organs, people can continue to live long and healthy lives with only one kidney. But in the United States, it is against the law to sell an organ, and lacking incentive not as many donate as in places such as Iran, where apparently there is a open market for human organs. Reason.com brought up an intresting case using Iran as an example of how this open market idea has saved tons of lives and a recent book by author Sigrid Fry-Revere.
Bioethicist Sigrid Fry-Revere’s new book entitled The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran chronicles a system in Iran that seems to work better than the one we have here in the US. In Iran, they have an opposite problem of more people on the donation list then on waiting lists for kidneys. And despite the fact they are receiving compensation for their kidney donation, donors look at it as acting charitable. Although it is a controversial subject, I personally find it an interesting topic to discuss. We live in a free society, and being as though you “own” your own organs and body, why should a US citizen not be able to sell their own organs. I’m not saying I’m for it… I’m not saying I’m against it. But it is an interesting debate. The book is worth a read and is obviously well researched and she raises a few very good points about the Iranian system.
The ethical debate of selling human organs has been around for a while now. Just imagine if we could save almost 11,000 lives next year by simply allowing people to sell their own kidney. I personally have watched this tough economy take down some really good people, and who knows… One or two of them might have taken the path of selling their kidney to save some of what they built up over the years. I know it sounds crazy, but just how crazy is it really? Do you think it’s ok for someone to sell their kidney, especially with all we know medically on how it’s not detrimental to to a donor’s life?
Check Out This Interview On ReasonTV
Fry-Revere, the founder and president of the The Center for Ethical Solutions, a nonprofit organization dedicated to “developing tools for patient empowerment” sat down for an interview with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie to speak about her time in Iran and the continuing legal, philosophical, and cultural obstacles to developing effective solutions to America’s kidney shortage. Check it out down below, and check out more about the story on Reason.com.
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