One of the most controversial issues in the medical world is the issue of selling kidneys.
One controversial health/medical issue nowadays is the issue on kidneys for sale, most especially in the Philippines and in other Asian countries. And this is quite an alarming issue for the Department of Health .
Why do some people sell their kidneys? What are the underlying reasons why some people do this? Well, before we answer these questions, let’s have a review on this thing called kidneys, its importance and the problems caused by kidneys.
Kidneys a pair of bean-shaped glandular organs situated at the back of the abdominal cavity close to the spinal column.
Kidneys are of vital importance to us. They serve in the excretion of waste products through a fine network of tubules to the ureters and thence to the bladder. Their function is to filter and cleanse the blood of waste substances produced in the course of normal living and, together with other organs, to maintain a proper balance of body fluids. They are in deed of great significance to humans.
Here is a list of some of the most common diseases of the kidneys:
- Nephrosis- is a disease in which abnormal amount of albumin are lost in the urine.
- Nephritis- is a disorder characterized by inflammation of the glomeruli of the kidneys, and
- Kidney failure- it could either be acute or chronic.
Chronic kidney failure is the most severe disease of kidneys. The usual treatment for this type of disease is through dialysis and eventually, kidney transplant. And this is where kidney for sale enters the picture.
Patients with chronic kidney failure who need to undergo kidney transplant usually look for possible organ donors like relatives, friends, or from someone recently deceased. But if they were not able to find an organ donor, it is then that they will look for people who are willing to sell their kidneys. It was found out that the amount of kidneys for sale range from fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) to one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000.00).
Recently, it was learned also that relatives of Caucasians with chronic kidney failure are here in the Philippines in search for people who are willing to sell their kidneys. And it is so sad to know that there are people who are taking advantage on the situation of many of our countrymen. Though we sympathize on their cause to save the life of their love ones, still, I guess, this is not right.
Organ donation is one of the noblest things to do because it helps save lives. But if you do it for money, I think this is absolutely immoral. The big question is, why do some organ donors result to this kind of immoral deed?
There is only one answer to that – they do it because of poverty. Even if they are going to create and pass laws (as they recently did) prohibiting the selling of human organs if the root cause of the problem, which is poverty, is not properly address by the government, selling of organs can never be eradicated
First things first, eradicate poverty and organ donation will become absolutely free.