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Photos: Iran's Kidney "ebay"

Photos by Armin Karami, Mehr News Agency

Iran is the only country in the world where kidney trading is legal. The young people wishing to sell a kidney can simply report to the reception of one of the official kidney referral agencies. But many also auction their kidneys by posting information about themselves, blood types or their asking prices on the walls in the streets. These photos show some of these kidney ads in the streets of Tehran.

According to Mostafa Ghassemi, head of the Charity Association for the Support of Kidney Patients, the cost of kidney paid by the patients to the donors has increased by $1000 to $6000. The government also pays an additional $1000 to the donor which brings the total cost to $7000.

Ghassemi also stated that last year 2285 kidney transplants were performed in Iran out of which 1690 were accommodated by volunteer donors. (read the full report in Persian)

In an article published in March 2008 (Organ Sales and Moral Travails), Benjamin E. Hippen, MD, transplant nephrologist, argued that "a critical examination of what can be learned from the Iranian experience that will help the United States solve its organ shortage." Dr. Hippen showed that Iran's system of compensated donation has effectively provided the organs needed for transplant. "Iran is the only country that legally permits kidney vending," he writes. "The waiting list for kidneys was eliminated in 1999, 11 years after the legalization of organ vending, and for the past 8 years, Iran has had no waiting list for kidneys."



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