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Transplant Brokers In Israel Lure Desperate Kidney Patients To Costa Rica

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/17/world/middleeast/transplant-brokers-in-israel-lure-desperate-kidney-patients-to-costa-rica.html?_r=0

RAMAT GAN, Israel — Aside from the six-figure price tag, what was striking was just how easy it was for Ophira Dorin to buy a kidney.

Two years ago, as she faced the dispiriting prospect of spending years on dialysis, Ms. Dorin set out to find an organ broker who could help her bypass Israel’s lengthy transplant wait list. Only 36, she had a promising job at a software company and dreams of building a family. To a woman who raced cars for kicks, it seemed unthinkable that her best days might be tethered to a soul-sapping machine.

For five years, Ms. Dorin had managed her kidney disease by controlling her diet, but it had gradually overrun her resistance. Unable to find a matching donor among family and friends, she faced a daily battle against nausea, exhaustion and depression.

A broker who trades in human organs might seem a difficult thing to find. But Ms. Dorin’s mother began making inquiries around the hospital where she worked, and in short order the family came up with three names: Avigad Sandler, a former insurance agent long suspected of trafficking; Boris Volfman, a young Ukrainian émigré and Sandler protégé; and Yaacov Dayan, a wily businessman with interests in real estate and marketing.

The men were, The New York Times learned during an investigation of the global organ trade, among the central operators in Israel’s irrepressible underground kidney market. For years, they have pocketed enormous sums for arranging overseas transplants for patients who are paired with foreign donors, court filings and government documents show.

The brokers maintain they operate legally and do not directly help clients buy organs. Dodging international condemnation and tightening enforcement, they have nimbly shifted operations across the globe when any one destination closes its doors.

The supply of transplantable organs is estimated by the World Health Organization to meet no more than a tenth of the need. Although there is no reliable data, experts say thousands of patients most likely receive illicit transplants abroad each year. Almost always, the sellers are poor and ill-informed about the medical risks.

The vast marketplace includes the United States, where federal prosecutors in New Jersey won the first conviction for illegal brokering in 2011.

Selling live human organs we are certainly getting back to the Victorian era where it used to be bodies.

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Bagpuss had a side business selling mouse organs.

Bagpuss was a friggin' amateur in 70s kids tv circles when compared to that Yoffy bloke off 'Fingerbobs'.

He had a mouse transplanted onto his finger by welding his knuckle into it's àrsehole...!

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XYY

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Bagpuss was a friggin' amateur in 70s kids tv circles when compared to that Yoffy bloke off 'Fingerbobs'.

He had a mouse transplanted onto his finger by welding his knuckle into it's àrsehole...!

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XYY

I always liked "fingermouse". There was something "dirty" about it! I had a better idea called "Nob-Rat", but the prim BBC declined on that one! :blink:

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I always liked "fingermouse". There was something "dirty" about it! I had a better idea called "Nob-Rat", but the prim BBC declined on that one! :blink:

That Nob-Rat show concept is a winner Pinny - try pitching it to Channel 5...!

That Yoffy is proper 'creepy' according to Mrs XYY - especially when his tortoise took photos of him with his hand up it's shell...!

Please don't have nightmares tonight kids of the 70s... :(

XYY

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That Nob-Rat show concept is a winner Pinny - try pitching it to Channel 5...!

XYY

It might get a showing on New York cable TV

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If somebody needed a kidney, and mine fitted, they could have one of mine! I have two! :blink:

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