Organ trade is illegal in every country except Iran. Yet more than two million products derived from human tissue are sold in the U.S. yearly. One-half of those on the wait list die before their turn comes up.
Some resort to illicit means.
Of the 106,879 known transplanted organs in 2010 (still only 10% of the global transplant need), up to one in ten were from black market organs.
- Hair – $70 for ten inches
- Blood – $337 per pint (often done as “Blood Farming” by siphoning blood off of prisoners)
- Bone Marrow – $23,000 per gram
- Eggs – $12,400 per IVF cycle
- Kidneys – $200,000
- Corneas – $24,000
- Skin – $10 per square inch
- Skeletons – $2993 to $5500
- Heart – $997,700 (legal) versus $119,000 (illegal)
I can’t be the only one to be contemplating the cost-benefit ratio of selling a couple of grams of bone marrow, right? Right?
Via Finance Degree Center for the full infographic.