Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Nepalis Question the Law against Selling Human Organs. (News)

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Nepalis Question the Law against Selling Human Organs. (News)

Article excerpt

Hari Naravan Lama, who made a living from finding donors for patients with kidney failure, was taken into police custody on 4 May. He is charged with selling human organs for transplant, a crime according a Nepali law enacted in 1998. If round guilty, he will face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to half a million Nepali rupees (US$ 6667).

A kidney donor himself, Narayan confessed to police that he had persuaded more than 50 people to sell one of their own kidneys for transplant. A recipient pays the broker between US$ 2000 and US$ 3500, but the donor, being poor, is often satisfied with much less than this, so an able broker can get rich. Narayan, having been a donor himself and in good health, could easily persuade others to part with a kidney without fear of disablement.

One of his clients is Dr Sunil Chakradhar, a Nepali physician whose transplant was carried out in India. Chakradhar says there are 50 hospitals in India that are equipped for transplant surgery, and they compete for patients to cover their operating costs, offering commissions to brokers to find patients. This in turn encourages "transplant tourism", as the operation is more readily available and cheaper in India than in many other countries. In India too, however, it is a punishable offence to buy or sell human organs, and so the arrangements are made to a large extent unofficially except where the donor is a close relative. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.