Lecture 11 reading 2
for many patients and physicians the dividing line between what is ethical and
what is haram is not solely determined by whether or not money is exchanged for
Win win situation as the desperately poor can get money and the desperately ill
Many Egyptian doctors believe in the idea of the gift of life “decomodifes the
The problem of organ sale indeed appears inevitable given the significant and
growing gap between rich and poor in Egypt.
Commercial live donors are like a safety net, with the clear preference that
transplants be done though intrafamilial donations.
Many doctors in Egypt saw commercial live donors as the primary source of
organs with the exception of parents gifting kidneys to their children,
transplantation from within the family is wracked with problems of guilt and
compulsion that could be avoided with a one time payment for a kidney a
payment from which a poor person might benefit.
Haram to sell an organ but not to buy it – the problem as they saw it with organ
selling was that sellers cast their god given bodies as profitable commodities –
god gave them these bodies and they chose to sell it off
Some surgeons said that if the wealthy patients has stayed in Egypt they could
have simply paid a poor person willing to part with his kidney for a sum of
money, this would have saved the ill patient the burden of travel i.e
Said the kidney was a spare part and that they were helping people who didn’t
have families in Egypt.
The sellers thing taking their kidney from outside the family is an ac of love as
they are saving their kids from having one kidney
“ the wealthy always benefit from bodily sacrifices made from the poor”
social inequalities throughout the world and explained that buying an organ is the
inevitable extension of these inequalities.
Transnational sales between foreigners and Egyptians provoked outrage
Egyptian movie (taxi drive becomes a rich mans driver, educe him with pain and
he doesn’t even realize they have taken his kidney in a previous blood
The lack of a national program to regulate organ transplantation has left the poor
vulnerable to exploitation and fears of organ theft and to criminal investigation for