Why Selling a Kidney is a Very Poor Financial Decision…

Ever hear the expression ‘I’d have to sell a kidney’ or ‘I’d give a kidney for that’? It’s an offhand comment made in jest and usually answered by uneasy laughter from those present. Thing is though, in case any of you were taking tape measures to your torsos, we thought we’d illustrate why it’s not a great way to make some extra cash.

Think we’re being too cautious or taking a harmless expression too seriously? Well, according to Google Trends data, there are actually quite a few people looking for information on ‘how to sell a kidney’.

Someone’s got to tackle this slightly disturbing topic…

First, it’s illegal

The Human Tissue Act 2004 covers the sale of body parts throughout the United Kingdom. Under section 32, this legislation makes it clear that any such person participating in ‘commercial dealings’ – for example, selling a kidney – is liable to imprisonment as well as a fine. Prison time varies but you could spend as much as three years behind bars.

Before you think the UK just frowns upon the practice, it’s worth noting that similar legislation applies across many countries.

Still, when it comes to the fine, at least you’ll be able to cover it with the money you received right? Wrong.

Second, you won’t get much money

According to an NHS analysis, selling a kidney would get you somewhere between £2,500 to £3,000. In the grand scheme of things, this really isn’t worth it. Although those with one kidney can live perfectly functioning lives, there are risks such as high blood pressure, kidney abnormalities, and a decrease in the organ’s function.

Even then, considering selling organs is illegal in the UK, you’d have to travel to a country which condones the practice. This brings us to the third reason:

Third, it’s really unsafe

Doctors who help patients sell organs for commercial benefit don’t typically operate under NHS levels of hygiene. Therefore, those going through the procedure could experience side effects which include:

  • Internal bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Infections
  • Lung collapses
  • Damage to internal organs
  • Pneumonia
  • Death

Are you on the organ transplant register?

Chances are, if you’re reading this article and made it to this point, the idea of organ transplant doesn’t make you squeamish. Therefore, instead of selling a kidney and possibly dying in the process, why not consider donating it?

In the UK, more than 10,000 people are currently in need of an organ transplant. Of those, ten per cent will die while waiting for a match to come along. Despite this, less than 30% of the population has joined the organ donation register.

You won’t get any money from it but – at the end of the day – you could save someone’s life. Furthermore, an NHS hospital is so much safer than some back-alley doctor. You can find out more information here.

A better alternative to selling a kidney

If you’re in debt and don’t see a way to get back on top of your finances, you should ask us for advice.

For example, with an IVA, you could write off debt, freeze interest, and repay what you can through affordable payments. It’s definitely a better solution than raising money through selling a kidney!

Otherwise, get in touch and we could help find the best solution for your needs.

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