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07/29/2003 Entry: "The Organ Transplant Trade (Ew!)"

"Laudiceia Cristina da Silva, a young mother and office file clerk, sued the large public hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where, in June 1997, during a routine operation to remove a small ovarian cyst, she emerged from anesthesia in great pain with a 17-inch scar across her side and minus her left kidney."

*snip*

"Avraham, a retired lawyer in Jerusalem, explained why he went through considerable expense and danger to travel to Eastern Europe to purchase a kidney from a rural worker rather than wait in line for a cadaver organ in Israel: 'Why should I have to wait years for a kidney from someone who was in a car accident, pinned under the car for many hours, then in miserable condition in the intensive care unit for days and only then, after all that trauma, have that same organ put inside me? That organ is not going to be any good! Or, even worse, I could get the organ of an elderly person, or an alcoholic, or a person who died of a stroke. It's far better to get a kidney from a healthy person who can also benefit from the money I can afford to pay.'"
A Beastly Trade in 'Parts', The organ market is dehumanizing the world's poor. By Nancy Scheper-Hughes, LA Times, July 29, 2003 (login: hackenblog pwd: hackenbush)

Ew! Has the whole world gone selfish, inhumane, me-fucking-first nuts!? Ew!

 

 

 

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