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Thoughts of the impoverished: Shall I sell a kidney?

The going rate for a kidney nowadays in Egypt is about EGP 40,000, which rounds up to about $6500. This is a fortune. I make about EGP 300 a month. I have a wife, three kids and my mother—God bless her—to take care of. In Egypt, we are not offered medical or social insurance or …

The going rate for a kidney nowadays in Egypt is about EGP 40,000, which rounds up to about $6500.

This is a fortune. I make about EGP 300 a month. I have a wife, three kids and my mother—God bless her—to take care of.

In Egypt, we are not offered medical or social insurance or unemployment benefits. And the new government is increasing taxes, again. Yesterday I went to buy one of these mobile cards I need for work, and it cost three pounds extra.

Three pounds that count for the next two days breakfast for my family, gone.

All my children go to school. Their mother and I insisted on giving them an education, a better chance at life. My mother told me I should get my oldest boy to work, that it’s enough that he now reads and writes. But I couldn’t. I want him to go to college, become a doctor. My wife refused as well. She told me she will provide for education. She started to sell vegetables down the street. She makes enough to cover the school expenses, but barely.

The last two years after the revolution have been very hard. I used to get EGP 600 a month, but the factory laid off half of us and gave the rest of us the choice of either cutting our salaries in half or leaving. I am 35 years old, where would I go?

I was in Tahrir Square when Mubarak stepped down. We couldn’t believe it. We were free, finally. All these young boys and girls who died… it was not in vain. I had such hope; my children will have a better future than their parents. If I knew what would happen, I’d have stayed home.

Two years of nothing but talk, politicians blabbing on the TV and radio all the time. Promises, threats and warnings, but no one to tell us what to do.

Before the presidential elections, the sheikh of our village told us to vote for Morsy, for he was backed by God. That if we elected him, we would be choosing Islam and all our dreams would come true. I voted for him thinking he was a God-fearing man. We were promised better lives by the Ikhwan and the Salafi sheikh on TV said we would be too rich to count for we would have chosen religion.


I see ElBaradei and Sabahy on TV talking and preaching, but they do not get it. They do not know me or the likes of me. They do not know poverty.


My cousin who works at a medical lab told me that lots of men sell their kidneys. He mediates between them. He told me to bring a blanket with me because it depends on the buyers of the kidney; some of them are kind, others just want the kidney and I will have to take care of myself after the operation.

I went yesterday and met the family. They are wealthy. Their son will die unless he gets a kidney. His mother asked me why I had a blanket with me and I told her. She cried. I watched her, amazed. The father took her aside and then told me they have booked me a room for recovery. He told me he was sorry, but if there was any other way, they would have tried it, but Egypt does not allow organ transplant and none of his relatives were a match.

I looked at the wealthy family. They have all I want, yet they can’t help their son. All I could think of that this country is screwing its people regardless.

I agreed. They can take the kidney and I will get the money. A simple transaction.

I did not tell my wife. She would die. I told her the factory is sending us to Libya to get materials for two weeks.

I lie in the hospital bed. It is very clean. My cousin calls me to check on me, tells me the people are revolting again on the anniversary of 25 January. I feel a twinge of hope, but I quell it. I tell him “nothing will change” and hang up, but as the anesthesia starts to kick in, I have the weirdest dream. I see my family, my friends and all the poor people in my village on the streets, tearing down every building in their path, killing anyone who dares stops them.

I smile and remind myself “it’s only a kidney.”

*The article is not a literal depiction of a man who sold his kidney. It’s based on talks with different people. The facts remain that Egypt does not allow organ transplant leading to a thriving “organ-selling business” and yes a kidney before the most recent dollar hike was estimated at EGP 40,000.







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  • Reda Sobky

    It must be understood that whatever a person’s motive giving a kidney, most likely not needed in this lifetime, is a gift to another human which when done with good feeling in the heart it can be viewed as a situation of getting rewarded for giving somebody else the gift of a possible normal life and also made something for the family. If this money is then used to educate the children and they grow up and get better jobs much blessings can follow. As a physician I have seen many who gave kidneys or half their liver for no money to people they didn’t even know. If it is portrayed as exploiting the poor by giving them crumbs for their body parts then it is clearly problematic. So we see the state of mind and the attitude of the giver and the receiver are important to define the meaning of a situation.

  • My name is Alex, I am from Ukraine, I am 33 years old man. I don’t smoke cigarettes and don’t drink alcohol. My blood is O+ and I have a good health. If you need kidney or liver transplant, I am ready to give one of my kidneys or part of my liver, but I want to receive a big compensation for that.

  • sameer

    I want to sell my kidney
    A+ positive blood
    contant number 0092 3228011210
    email Sameer.jani89@yahoo.com

  • Joy Peter

    hello sir,
    i want to donate kidney ,iam dr.peter from bangalore,blood group is AB POSITIVE,age 36,healthy,num–,2348107642990

  • sarah899

    I want to update you all on the good news that have just happen in my life i that i never believe because i own my bank a lot of money that i use in building my house here in USA i tried many online loan lender’s but non work out for me then i have to sell off one of my kidney and A friend of my directed me to Mr max an agent who help me to sell my kidney and the operation was successful and now i and my family are happy again as i have been able to pay back all my bills that i own If any is in need of help you can contact him on his email: indiasafemedtrip1@yahoo.com

  • Welcome to Adewale Hospital do you want to sell your kidney apply for a sale today and you will be given the maximum satisfaction you need contact me via email: dradewalehospital@outlook.com

  • oriafohospital

    Do you want to sell your kidney or other organs if yes apply for a sale today and you will be given the maximum satisfaction you need contact me via email: oriafohospital@outlook.com

  • Mark Smith

    My name is Smith Gift from Sao Paulo, Brazil. i used to be a very poor woman and since a friend introduced me to one Medical DOCTOR Kelvin Great
    who he read about his work on internet and who bought he’s KIDNEY very costly
    and even paid in upfront.. i contacted him via this email address ukgreatkelvinkidneydonor@gmail.com
    we started negotiating and after processes he bought my KIDNEY with handsome amount
    in dollars i can never be poor again in life i smile all day now even my family are are not left out,

    contact him today for yours via
    Kidney Donor Specialist Family History Hospital ukgreatkelvinkidneydonor@gmail.com
    he has the backing of national kidney foundation world wide.thanks.
    Smith Gift………

  • Leonard Cole
  • Dr. Bobby Cyrriac

    This is to inform the general public Male/Female who are healthy and %100 serious in selling their kidney should urgently contact Regal Hospital Bangalore. As we have a lot of patients who are here for kidney transplant,Our hospital is specialized in Kidney Surgery/transplant and other major treatment. Regal Hospital Resides in No.30, CMR Complex, Chokkanahalli Hegdenagar Main Road,, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560064.e-mail: regal.hospitalbng@gmail.com – phone : +91-733-856-1178

  • Moore Larry

    We are urgently in need of kidney donors for the sum of $450,000,00, Call or What-sup Dr Moore Larry for more details:

    Phone Number:+91-8147120429


    Email: moorelarry08@gmail.com

  • Apollo Speciality Hospital

    APOLLO SPECIALIST HOSPITAL CHENNAI, INDIA is urgently in need of O+ve and A+ve kidney donors. Interested donors should please contact us through our email address _ apollospecialistchennai@gmail.com

    Dr Joseph Thachil
    Nephrologist, Apollo Hospital, Chennai.

  • Anne Marie


    A kidney is bought for a maximum amount of 600,000 US Dollar.

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