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Sale of Kidneys and other Human Organs in the Philippines are banned

Updated on January 24, 2015

Selling kidney is illegal


Two kidneys work better than one

IN HUMANS are two bean-shaped- about 4 inches long and about 2 1/2 inches wide organs called kidneys which are located near the vertebral column at the small of the back. The main function of the kidneys are to purify the blood by separating urea, mineral salts, toxins and other waste products from it. Nature has so provided every human being a set of 2 kidneys so that blood purification runs on smoothly; one kidney assisting and complementing one another. What if one of the kidneys is deceased, malfunctioned or sold? Naturally the full burden of the blood purification process falls on the remaining kidney, who will now function double time without rest or backup. How long can one overburdened kidney last the wear and tear of today's daily human activities? Indeed it is a fact that a person with a single kidney left can still sustain life. But- can he live up to the rigors of his work being a porter or a pier hand?

Please don't sell kidney!

Filipinos- like other human species- value life so much that for them the attainment of a perfect health isn't a remote possibility. However- this is easier said than done because problems most especially poverty bars the way. It is no wonder why some blood brothers are forced to sell their organs just to make both ends meet. It is no surprise to read ads in the papers and even in the internet kidneys being offered for sale.

For me selling kidney is a degrading business. When a person sells a kidney, his worth and personality are reduced to that of an animal. He's looked down upon as indolent, inutile, parasite and incapable of supporting a family.

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DR.-PALANI-RAVICHANDRAN- confessed-to-have-conducted- more-than-600-illegal-kidney- transplants-since-2001.

Demand for kidney never ends

Organ shortage fuels illicit trade in human parts. This is why poor Filipino families with little education are easily enticed to patronize black-market kidney trade. The yearly waiting-list of patients who are in dire need of healthy kidneys in the National Kidney and Transplant Institute is proof that there is shortage and a big demand for kidneys.

Donating kidney to a relative in need is okay

The use or donation of a kidney to an ailing Filipino, per se, isn't prohibited. His wife or any relative can donate one to save his life. But- what is not permitted is selling kidneys. You violate the law if you sell your kidney to anybody local or foreign nationals.

Foreign patients are prohibited from using organs from Filipino spouses

This prohibition is incorporated in an administrative order issued by the Philippine government to ban the sale of human organs to foreigners. In May last year, the health department issued another order prohibiting foreign nationals from getting kidneys from non-related living donors. On the report of increasing fake marriages which was resorted to by foreigners just to have their spouses donate their kidneys to them- the health department just last April issued a more stricter order, stressing that "foreign patients are not allowed to access organs from Filipino spouses or bring in living non-related donors".

Protective health measures

Undersecretary Alex Padilla stressed to say that these measures were put in place to safeguard the health of Filipinos as well as to protect them from possible exploitation. It is worth knowing that since the imposition of the preceding health measures- the health department has noted a 50% decline in the forbidden sale of human organs in our country.

Study: 3,000 men and women have sold their kidneys

This year the University of the Philippines conducted a study to determine the extent of this illegal sale of human organs. It discovered some 3,000 men and women who have sold their kidneys. These hapless victims can easily be found in slums around Metro Manila and its environs. A place called BASECO has currently earned the unique distinction of being tag a haven for kidney vendors. Despite the ban, Baseco kidney vendors are unfazed.

Illegal sale of organs thrives

Sad to say- illegal sale of organs here in our country remains a thriving business. It is fueled by hungry mouths and empty stomachs. It is patronized by thousands of local and foreign nationals who are suffering from kidney diseases but are willing to pay the price in their desire to get kidney transplant.

A kidney-seller-turned broker tells the sad story

Listen to Rey, 31, a kidney-seller-turned broker: "Doctors collude with patients and donors to make it appear they are relatives, they don't bother to look for documents as proof. If it's a foreigner, they just say they are cousins, 3rd or 4th degree cousins".

Rey, a former porter, sold his kidney in 2002 to a Canadian married to a Filipino. He was paid P115,000. He recalled further that all the kidney donors he accompanied to the hospitals has only one reason for 'donating' their kidneys - cash.

Recommended steps to stop the sale of kidneys

The key to stop this malady is the doctor. The DOH should issue a directive that all necessary papers relative to donor-patient kinship be genuinely established by competent authorities before a kidney transplant is made to stop organ selling. Doctors to do kidney transplant must be chosen by electronic raffle to prevent fraud and collusion. The foregoing suggested solution coupled with a well-financed program to provide job opportunities for slum dwellers will go a long way to curb if not eradicate blackmarketing of organs. By that time the amount ranging from 50 to 150 thousand pesos will no longer attract fellow countrymen to sell their precious kidneys. (Internet)

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      Nesli Barrera 

      2 years ago

      I know it is being inhuman but nobody help us in terms of financial thru health and food. This is insane but sacrificing my father's health and two kids future is really more important being negative of having only one kidney. This is negative in my end but my two kids will have a good future thru my sacrifices.

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      jayson calunsag 

      3 years ago

      hello! im 21 years old im selling my kidney! its important of my family were so poor thats why i need much money!

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      alwadz jarah 

      3 years ago alwadz 19 years old im selling my body organ

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      4 years ago

      The issue is not as one-sided as people imagine. Dialysis is a form of living death, a slow torture leading to physical decline and eventual extinction. Since the general public is too selfish even to donate their kidneys after death to help desperate dialysis patients, preferring instead to feed their organs to worms in the cemetery, what are kidney patients supposed to do in the face of the resulting organ shortage? In many countries the average waiting time for a kidney is ten years, but the average life expectancy on dialysis is only five years. The fact that society is willing to let this situation exist for decades without doing anything about it shows their cruel disregard for the helpless minority of renal patients. In such circumstances, you cannot just forbid voluntary arrangements to buy someone's spare kidney for a price they demand simply because you don't like such exchanges. Your pure preference that such trades don't occur, which benefit both the buyer and the seller, since otherwise neither would accept the trade, exhibit a murderous indifference to the fate of other helpless humans. If you refuse to donate organs after death you have no right to prevent life-saving transplants, killing other people with your laws, just because you don't like to read about such things in the newspaper or online.

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      4 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      mmm, thanks for your help.

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      5 years ago

      Please stop these crime! to yourself and to others, especially those young minorities, the abused, kidnapped and killed. This is not fair! Please tell people not to do these (selling kidneys!) unless you are donating one of your kidney for a good cause for a special someone like a family or a friend. Selling your bodies is not going to make your life better-it's not a step up, it's a leap down. Down the drain along with your human worth..respect your self.

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      5 years ago

      Guys, even though ur lower than the poverty line, please show some integrity and honour to ur bodies. I know and feel exactly what ur going thru, but selling ur bodies is not the answer for this. It's so unhumane and we should all stop or encourage people not to do such animalistic act. I saw this gruesome post at Fb as per follow: please WARNING! VERY VIOLENT PIC, 18+RESTRICTED!!!

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Denden, my gratitude to you for helping me tell people not to part with one of their kidneys. Personally I don't approve of people selling one of their kidney for money, Despite my stand, they kept on coming with their proposals. Lord! help them!

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      denden mangubat 

      6 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      do not sell your kidneys people.this is not the right way to earn.pray to your Saviour Jesus that He may lend you the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom where to get money.TRUST HIM.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      the child's parents or anybody in charge of the teenager and the doctor most especially are to blame for this inhuman act. Are you going to part with your kidney just for an i-pad and a cellphone? Thank you for the info, denden.

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      denden mangubat 

      7 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      just recently a chinese teenager sold his kidney just to buy an i-pad and cellphone.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I admire people who read and make comments on this hub so they get ample knowledge to protect their much-needed kidneys. For those who write to sell or buy kidneys, I'm very sorry I can't entertain you. This is not the proper agency for you. Thank you for writing.


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