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Can I Sell My Kidney?

As gruesome as it sounds, this is something I always wanted to know about. Personally, I don’t want to sell my kidney so don’t take this post as an offer! I am saving my extra one for a family member if they ever need it.

What Does a Kidney Do?

Basically, the kidney is your body’s natural filter. They (you have two) clean the blood and remove waste that you then expel through your urine.

Kidney.org gets into a little more detail:

The critical regulation of the body’s salt, potassium and acid content is performed by the kidneys. The kidneys also produce hormones that affect the function of other organs. For example, a hormone produced by the kidneys stimulates red blood cell production. Other hormones produced by the kidneys help regulate blood pressure and control calcium metabolism.

So as you can see, they are a vital part of your body. However, you have two and it has been confirmed that you only need one functioning kidney to do all of that work.

Why Do We Need Donors?

There are a ton of diseases of the kidney. A lot of them are not life threatening, but plenty of them are. Many individuals have kidney failure and need dialysis.

Dialysis is a process where an individual hooks up to a machine that basically filters their blood for them. According to most patients, kidney dialysis is not painful. However, it can be rather tiresome as you need to do it frequently depending on the severity of your kidney failure.

However, patients can rid themselves of the dialysis machine forever with the proper donor. Donors must have matching blood types.

Can I Make Some Money?

Well, the answer is no. Selling any type of organ is illegal in this country and all others. India used to allow it on a minimal basis but they have since created a resolution banning it.

However, you can still donate it to a stranger for free. Visit the National Kidney Foundation to find out more about it.

Personally, I am keeping a hold on my extra one in case a family member needs it in the future. You never know!

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3 Responses to Can I Sell My Kidney?

  1. JoeTaxpayer says:

    The problem with this is that it will take advantage of the poor, and selling body parts crosses a moral line for many.

    What I am most in favor of though, is the big swap. If my daughter needed a kidney and mine weren’t a match, there should be a swap pool, so I am typed and my kidney goes to a match recipient, and my daughter gets one from another donor. No money changes hands, and relationship doesn’t really mater. I can do this to help a family member or close friend or neighbor.

    There should also be a presumption that an accident victim is a kidney donor. There’s too long a wait and too many people dying that can be saved.

  2. I watched an episode of Taboo the other day about a place in the Philippines nicknamed “One Kidney Island” because over 3000 of the residents have sold a kidney.

    “What a clever use of your resources,” I thought.

    Hookers rent their body parts, why shouldn’t I sell one of mine?

    I committed to write a post about it. I haven’t yet, but this post brings it to the front of my mind. I’ll be posting it in a few days and tracking back to you… thanks!

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