Organ Donation

Organ Donation

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 223 , Segment 2

Episode: Zika Virus, Happiness, Organ Donation, Student Success, Tech

  • Feb 1, 2016 11:00 pm
  • 15:29 mins

Guest: Nancy Scheper-Hughes, PhD, Professor of Medical Anthropology and Sociocultural Anthropology at UC Berkeley How desperate would you have to be to sell a kidney? Say you live in a third-world country, you’re mired in poverty and donating a kidney could fund an education for your child? Or, suppose you live in a war-torn country and a kidney could pay your passage to freedom?  These are extreme, but not necessarily uncommon, in the very active international market for buying and selling organs. But Medical Anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes says far too often the market is unkind to donors. She says having two kidneys doesn’t mean you’ve got a spare. Donors are often in poor health and worse-off financially after giving up a kidney.

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