As the war goes on in their country, more and more Syrian refugees are falling into poverty. In order to survive, some are selling their organs. A phenomenon that is becoming alarming, reports Der Spiegel, a German newspaper, in a special report.
Haifa Younane, a public relations officer in the Lebanese National Committee for the Donation and Transplant of Organs and Tissues (NOOTDT) confirms those unfortunate events. She explains that in theory, if a person would like to receive an organ transplant from another living being, he must unavoidably go through the NOOTDT. Each case is then submitted to two committees: a medical committee and ethics committee. They both either approve or reject the application.
But what is even more alarming is that some illegal transplant operations are taking place in famous Lebanese hospitals. Der Spiegel adds that each year, tens of thousands of Arab nationals come to Beirut for transplants in some of our internationally known hospitals, and that our authorities do not check if some of them leave with a brand new kidney.
What’s your opinion dear student? I’m curious to know medical students’ opinions…