Friday, October 28, 2011
Guilty Plea to Kidney-Selling Charges
The secondary market demand for kidneys has never been higher as the waiting list for legal transplants grows longer and longer. The once trust-worthy doctor, Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, pleaded guilty in the federal court that he had partaken in illegal transplants for jaw-dropping payments of $120,000 or more. However, Dr. Rosenbaum never saught out the recpients but instead they asked him and theu had consenting donors who were completly aware of the consequences. Rosenbaum was buying organs from donors in Israel for $10,000 and that he was selling the organs for much more to wealthy Americans so they could skip out on the waiting list. Paul J. Fishman, the United States attorney for New Jersey, said that “A black market in human organs is not only a grave threat to public health, it reserves lifesaving treatment for those who can best afford it at the expense of those who cannot.” The black market allows wealthy people with a demand to purchase organs at whatever price the seller wants. The black market process is definately not a fair one, but is the long waiting line for those in dire situations fair too?