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Many people in Sweden willing to sell a kidney

Friday, 15 April 2011
Surprise high numbers of people are willing to sell one of their kidneys for a sum of about Skr300,000 for transplant to others.

Slightly more than one answered yes to the question in a survey commissioned by the Science department of Radio Sweden carried out by polling organisation SIFO.

Radio Sweden in the past weeks had carried out extensive examination of the organ trade which showed how Swedish people travelling abroad to buy organs from poorer countries especially in Asia.
Although the organ buyers paid well of the organs, the seller ended up being exploited by criminal gangs which controlled the trade. The main reason for all this is that the trade in organs is prohibited in Sweden and most other countries.

1000 people participated in the study and low as well as high income earners responded equally in similar fashion.
In the SIFO survey 22 percent said they would be willing to sell one of their kidneys, 67 percent said no and 11 percent were undecided.

Anyone who donates one of their kidneys can still lead a normal life. The body compensates itself for the loss of one kidney by increasing the function of the remaining one. The risks in kidney donation are considered small, even though no surgery is completely risk free. It also requires a few weeks of rest after surgery for full recovery.

Sweden is among those countries that have signed a UN treaty prohibiting the trade in human organs. Iran is the only country in the world where the government pays for kidney donations. It is also the only country that no longer has a waiting list for kidney transplantation, reports radio Sweden’s Science channel.

The program estimates that a system of paid kidney donations in Sweden could become economically viable after one year. Transplant cost is on average Skr300 000, but dialysis care in one year costs Skr600 000.
More than 750 Swedes are now in line for a kidney transplant, about 30 die each year because they could not get it.
By Scancomark.se Team

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