Essay about An Ethical Implication of Organ Transplants

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An Ethical Implication of Organ Transplants
Nickolus Sorenson
Health Care Ethics and Medical Law
Instructor: Kymberly Lum
September 24, 2012

All aspects of health care face the inevitability of moral and ethical issues arising on numerous fronts. The organ donation and transplantation field of medicine is no exception. Each day, approximately 18 people die waiting for an organ to become available for transplant (Taranto, 2010). In the grand scheme of things this may not seem a significant number; however, the fact that over 6,500 individuals with families, friends, and an otherwise productive life will die needlessly every year is obviously a far cry from acceptable. This particular lack
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The shortage of organs available for donation has given rise to human organs exchanging hands in the shadows. In Bangladesh, for example, the black market for human kidneys, livers, and even corneas is steadily growing. The fact that advertisements appear in both local and national news papers blatantly requesting individuals donate their organs for a substantial financial incentive is with out a doubt a contributing factor. The shocking aspect of this growth is that the donors are live donors. They have yet to develop a national program to orchestrate the removal of organs after death. It is not uncommon for Bangladesh nationals who now reside in America, England, and other countries to use a broker to seek out an impoverished donor from their homeland. The broker then forges documentation that the donor is a relative of the patient to make the transfer legal in the eyes of the system, as family donations are acceptable, in addition to negotiating the monetary contract. Often times, despite the contract, the donor is not compensated the full, contractualized amount if they receive any compensation at all. Black market organ donors often suffer serious health complications as well as psychosocial issues, like anxiety and depression, which

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