Nepal’s Organ Trail: How traffickers steal kidneys
The capital of Nepal is no different from many places in the world where aging populations, poor diets and no health insurance systems mean increased organ disease.
The organ in highest demand is the kidney and black market traffickers are meeting that demand. Up to 7,000 kidneys are obtained illegally every year, according to a report by Global Financial Integrity.
Organ trafficking is an illegal, yet thriving trade around the globe.
That same report shows the illegal organ trade generates profits between $514 million to $1 billion a year.
In Kathmandu, we spotted a couple begging on the street for their son’s kidney treatment.
Jeet Bahadur Magar and his wife spent their entire savings to treat their son’s kidney disease.
Out of money and options, they are now out on the street hoping to raise enough funds to cover the medical bills.
“I pray to God that no one has to ever go through kidney failure problems,” Jeet Bahadur said.
But many Nepalis do.
During our visit, Nepal Kidney Center in Kathmandu was packed with patients having dialysis — a grueling four-hour process of purifying blood through a machine.
A patient can avoid the kidney transplant by having dialysis at least three times a week.
Those lucky enough to afford a transplant still face obstacles: the donor must match the blood group of the recipients and Nepali law requires the organ donor to be a family member. Read more HERE