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Family Believes Girls Organ’s May Have Been Sold

This story has been on NBC News today. It is the story about the daughter of a family from Birmingham, England. Gurkiren Kaur, 8, died moments after a doctor treating her for dehydration in India’s Punjab region gave her an injection, according to her family.

They had gone to the state-owned hospital in Punjab, India as she was dehydrated. After being given an injection at a clinic, her eyes rolled to the back of her head and she quickly became unresponsive, her parents said.

When the girl’s body arrived back in the U.K., a British coroner called Gurkiren’s parents to say it was missing the organs needed to investigate her cause of death, the parents said. It is common practice in Britain for an autopsy to be carried out in U.K. on citizens who die overseas.

Where are the Organs?

Narinder Kooner, Birmingham England City Councillor is investigating the case said, “It does happen in India, and since this case was first reported we have been contacted by other families who say their relatives have died and had organs removed without an explanation.”

The parents of Gurkiren have not been able to find out what was in the injection which they say they didn’t want, only saline to help with the dehydration.

Her mother Amrit, who is a postal worker, told ITV News asked the doctors, “I said, ‘What is the injection for? She doesn’t need an injection she just needs a saline drip for half an hour or 45 minutes.’ He didn’t answer me at all he just gave me a blank look and totally ignored me and just inserted the needle into a syringe and as soon as he pushed it in her neck flipped backwards.

Gurkiren Kaur’s body was cremated but how she died, where her organs are and why they were taken is still unclear.

Gurkiren’s medical records were disposed of and the family were not asked to pay for the blood tests, drip or the injection she received.

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I wrote on Organ Trafficking last week, you may want to read that post too.

Tissue Donation’s Dark Side 

Organ Trafficking

May 10, 2013 — 5 Comments

Organ Trafficking

My dad died at age 68 from kidney failure, he was on dialysis for 8 years. I wanted to give him my extra kidney. Daddy and I were alike in so many way. But, he would not hear of it. I talked to his doctor anyway. He told me they didn’t do transplants on anyone as old as my dad. That was in 1990, and 68 doesn’t seem old to me at all now.

There is nothing morally wrong with being a live donor, it is an act of sacrifice because you love someone.

However, the selling a kidney or other organs is wrong. Even worse is it is going on every country. They are sold on the black market and it is called organ trafficking.


Organ TraffickingHavoscope is an international web site that collects data on all black market activity around the globe. By collecting and analyzing hundreds of pieces of data every day, they provide only the highest quality of information to global users.

Selling Prices of Kidney’s

Filipinos selling their kidneys on the black market can receive between $2,000 to $10,000.

In addition, organ traffickers who find kidney donors are paid a finder’s fee between $1,000 to $1,500 per transplant.

An article by USA Today reported that buyers in China are able to buy organs on the black market in China at prices between $32,000 to $62,000.

According to news reports, the price of a kidney sold on the black market in India is around $1,000. In India, the prison term for illegally selling a kidney is five years in prison.

In Romania and Moldova, the price to buy a black market kidney is $2,700. In Turkey, the price of the kidney goes up to $10,000. organ trafficking cost chart

In a news report by the New York Times, a man in Greece was quoted as attempting to sell his kidney for $123,000.

Across Europe, the article stated that many individuals were posting advertisements to sell their organs. They would sell their lungs for $312,650. 

Law enforcement reports from around the world, organ traffickers generally sell a kidney bought on the black market for 15 times to the recipient.

Most organ traffickers buy a kidney for $10,000 and sell it to the patient who is receiving the organ for $150,000.

According to a report by CNN, Bedouin human smugglers drug their victims and cut out their organs for sale to doctors in Egypt. The doctors and hospitals pay up to $20,000 for the trafficked organs.

Lawyers who broke up an organ trafficking ring, said people from Israel were paid $20,000 for their kidneys by illegal brokers in South Africa. People from Brazil and Romania were paid $6,000 for per kidney.

Three doctors in Ukraine were arrested for selling the kidneys of human trafficking victims to wealthy buyers on the black market. The kidneys were sold for $100,000 to $200,000.

In 2009, Anderson Cooper investigated story called “Secret Harvest”, the illegal trade in body parts. It featured Nick Rosen who answered an ad in Israel and flew over and donated a kidney at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He received $20,000.00.

In July of that same year the FBI arrested a Itzhak-Levy-Rosenbaum. He had been brokering organs for over a decade. He would buy kidney’s from vulnerable people in Israel for $10,000, then turn around and sell them for $160,000.

Nancy Scheper-Hughes, UC Berkley professor of Medical Anthropology has been working on exposing Organ Trafficking for years. She said she had warned the FBI of Rosenbaum 7 years before his arrest.

Hughes, stated, “In the United States illegal transplants take place in famous hospitals catering to wealthy foreigners from the Middle East who are able to pay cash and leave generous gifts to build new transplant units named after the cash donors rather than the poor blokes who were, in some cases, forced to donate one of their organs to the man who employed them as debt-peons.”

Human Organ Trafficking is illegal in every nation but Iran.

It is immoral, and those who chose to do it, and the evidence shows that is typically poor people selling their organs for money.  They don’t have a clue really what they are doing.  Wealthy people buy the organs, as you can see from the list above.

This is wrong on so many levels.

Who makes the money?

Doctors, nurses, broker’s, hospital’s everyone but the actual donor. If you have been following me here, you know I am against the lie of brain death and the public not being informed that they are alive when their organs are harvested.

Tales from the Organ Trade is a film which takes a chilling look at the characters in the international black market in organs. It is winning many awards. The video below is a small excerpt from the documentary.

One person in the documentary is a Turkish surgeon, Dr Yousef Sonmez, who has done thousands of transplants. He was wanted by Interpol for involvement in a racket in Kosovo. Finally arrested in 2011, on suspicion of heading a Kosovo-based organ-smuggling gang that illegally snatched kidneys and sold them to wealthy customers around the world.

Doesn’t this make you sick?

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