The Illegal Body Parts Trade Essays

2537 Words Oct 18th, 2011 11 Pages
The Illegal Body Parts Trade With a world wide shortage of organs, the black market organ and tissue trade has grown out of control due to the rising demand from the sick and dying. This shortage of organs is fueling an illicit business of buying and selling all sorts of organs and tissues, often through involuntary donation. While it would be nice to have an ample supply of organs and tissues for sick people that desperately need them, the black market organ and tissue trade needs more enforcement in order to cease the profiteering of immoral and unethical transplanting of organs from human to human. The number of people requiring a life-saving transplant continues to rise faster than the number of available donors. In the United …show more content…
The patient, Ruben Navarro, was on life support and his family had given their permission to donate his organs. Navarro’s doctor, Dr. Roozrokh, prematurely administered several drugs in order to hasten the process. Under California state law, transplant doctors cannot direct the care of organ donors before they are declared dead. Navarro’s mother was very upset. "They mistreated him and they abused him and they took advantage of him and me," said Rosa Navarro. "He didn't die with dignity, and I didn't have the chance to really say goodbye to him. I don't think it is right. These people need to pay for what they did to him" (Ornstein).
Organ theft happens all over the world and is taking place with frightening frequency. In Egypt, three men supposedly went in for a job interview and oddly were subjected to medical examinations. The doctor “discovered” that they all were suffering from a kidney infection requiring emergency surgery. They later woke up in the hospital missing a kidney (Bassoul). These types of stories were believed to be urban legend until true accounts like this surfaced. I wish the stories were just urban legend. There are also stories that involve kidnapped children as well as adults. In Albania, doctors working for a terrorist group were taking organs from Serbs kidnapped in Kosovo and Metohija. The bodies were dumped in an abandoned mine shaft and in a

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