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    How much would you sell a kidney for?

    I sold kidney to buy a TV


    AS Mariana Todorova stares at the ugly scar running down her side, her eyes fill with tears.

    It is an agonising reminder of how organ traders tricked her into selling her kidney.
    Now Mariana is ill and ashamed at being conned into losing her organ for just £689.
    Her story highlights the terrible human price of the trade in body parts fuelled by the internet and exposed in The Sun yesterday.
    Last night Mariana, 27, said: “I wanted to buy a home and clothes for my two children. All I got was a colour TV. We have nothing. I was desperate but I was tricked.
    “I hear I could have got 100 times more money for my kidney. How could I have been so stupid?”
    Mariana — married to builder Georgy — added: “I’m terrified now that my other kidney might fail.
    “I feel much weaker since the operation — we live in a fourth floor flat and I feel so tired walking up the stairs that I have to keep stopping.
    “Every day I look down at the eight-inch scar and I’m reminded I sold my kidney. I have cried and cried with frustration.”
    According to the unscrupulous dealer who sold Mariana’s kidney, the organ went to a British woman in her forties called Susan.
    Susan and other desperately ill Westerners who buy organs on the black market pay as much as £100,000 each for a transplant.
    Mariana is one of an ever-growing number of victims preyed on by organ traders who are selling body parts to the wealthy.
    The trade is so lucrative, people are even being murdered for their organs, as we revealed yesterday.
    The donors do not make much money — the big bucks go to the criminals who organise the trade.
    Many so-called transplant tourists travel to nations such as India, Pakistan and Turkey for surgery because it is legal there.
    Mariana was lured by organ dealer Anelia Jekova to a clinic in Istanbul, Turkey, where she went under the knife in November, 2004.
    Blonde Anelia was a neighbour in her poverty-hit village of Lisy Vrah in Bulgaria. Mariana says she was promised £1,500 but only received £689. She was one of six victims procured by Anelia.
    Just four days after her op she was back at home but had to move because of hostility in the village following the transplant.
    The family now live in a rented flat in Varna, having also been forced out of lodgings they found with Mariana’s parents in Kozyak, near Lisy Vrah.
    Roma gipsy Mariana had risked her life because she was desperate to buy a new home for herself, Georgy and their two children — Galin, eight, and Violetta, five.
    Speaking through a translator she told me: “I was approached by Anelia who told me that selling a kidney was easy money.
    “She showed me the scar where she had had her own kidney removed and promised me $3,000 (around £1,500) if I sold mine.
    “She was very convincing and I desperately needed the money to give my children a life.
    “We have nothing and I thought that with the money I could at least give them something.
    “Anelia and a driver took me in a car across the border into Turkey. We got to Istanbul and I was taken to a hotel then the clinic. I felt very scared.
    “I was told to read and sign a document but it was in a language I didn’t understand. I signed it anyway.
    “Soon afterwards I had a jab in the arm and that was that.
    “I woke up feeling that something was missing inside me.
    “I never met Susan but I was told we were a match because we are both blood group O.
    “After, we went to a hotel and another woman stuffed an envelope of cash in Anelia’s pocket.
    “She gave me around half the money I was due. I felt sick — but what could I do?
    “Then it was back to my home. The whole thing took four days.
    “I bought a colour TV and some trainers and jeans for the children — and that was it. The money was gone and now I feel such a fool.”
    Farmer Marincho Yordanov, 58, Mariana’s former neighbour in the farming community of Lisy Vrah, said: “This is the sale of human flesh. It is rich people buying body parts from poor people who can barely afford to feed themselves.
    “It’s not right.”
    Mariana’s husband Georgy, 29, makes less than £100 a month as a builder. He said: “We lived for a while with Mariana’s family but people were laughing at us.
    “We had had to move and now we feel shame. I struggle to support my family every month.”
    The Sun spoke to Anelia Jekova, 37, in Sliven Prison, where she is serving a four-year term for selling the kidneys of six neighbours.
    The hard-faced blonde was arrested with her husband and an accomplice in 2005 and pleaded guilty to dealing in body parts.
    She said: “I sold my own kidney. I felt OK afterwards so I thought why not help other people sell theirs? I needed the cash — but I was conned out of money by the contact in Istanbul. The buyers were Canadian, German and two British people, I remember that.
    “The woman Mariana’s kidney went to was called Susan — a British woman, a nice woman around 40.
    “Now I share a stinking cell with five other women. The toilet is just a bucket on the floor.
    “My life is miserable in this prison and my daughter is in care, which makes me so sad. But I feel that some good has come out of it all — we did save this Susan’s life.”
    NHS figures show that more than 8,000 Brits are waiting for an organ transplant, but fewer than 3,000 are carried out each year.
    Last year more than 400 people died waiting for surgery.
    A 2002 survey at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital revealed that 29 NHS patients nationwide had bought a kidney and had them transplanted abroad.
    In more than half those cases, the kidney failed — and one in three of the patients died.
    There are 6,190 people in Britain on the NHS waiting list for a kidney transplant.
    Surgeon Keith Rigg, from the British Transplant Society, said there was a risk of death for donors like Mariana. He told The Sun last night: “We condemn the sale of organs and transplant tourism completely.
    “It’s a very bad idea for the patient and the donor.
    “Both end up dealing with criminals as well as doctors who may not be properly qualified.”
    Mariana says she often thinks about the British woman who received her kidney.
    “I feel proud to have saved Susan’s life and know part of me is with her,” she explained. “But she has a life now — what about me?”
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    Experts hail our exposé THE SUN’S probe into the evil trade in body parts was praised last night by a top surgeon.
    John Forsythe, President of the British Transplant Association, said: “It’s good that The Sun has highlighted this trade, and it is very sad that this poor lady was duped into selling her kidney.
    “I can understand the desperation of the person who accepted the kidney. But buying organs is wrong and dangerous and we condemn it.”
    Mr Forsythe warned the black market in body parts was being driven by a desperate lack of donors in Britain. He urged people to join donor schemes to cut transplant waiting times.
    Yesterday we revealed details of people touting their body parts on a US-based website.
    Here are more of the adverts from the California-based site.
    "I want to sell my kidney, 37yrs old. Excellent condition. I’m divorced with daughters, aged 9 and 6. Would like to put a down-payment on a house so I can have joint custody.”Shawn, Pennsylvania
    "I would like to sell one of my kidneys. I am a 32-year-old female from the UK who doesn’t smoke and drinks in moderation. Total cost £100,000.”Suzie, London
    "Fifty-year-old female will sell organs for $75,000. Money needed to help kids at college, serious replies only please.”Janice, Texas
    "Middle-aged male in excellent health is pleased to offer one kidney or half a liver or any other part that can be spared. Buyer pays all transport, travel and medical costs plus the cost to buy my liver or kidney. Blood type O+. Serious enquiries only.”Ravi, Trinidad and Tobago
    "I will sell my kidney or part of my liver. I am a US white male in my mid-30s. No history of alcohol or illegal substances. O-plus.” David, Massachusetts

    Find out more about becoming a genuine donor by visiting the website uktransplant.org.uk.

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    I am sure anyone who had my kidney or liver transplanted into them would be well fucked.

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    Yea, I'd sell a kidney, not one of my own tho, have to be a guy's I didn't like much..and I'd let it go fairly reasonable, say $20,000

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    I sold kidney to buy a TV


    AS Mariana Todorova stares at the ugly scar running down her side, her eyes fill with tears.

    It is an agonising reminder of how organ traders tricked her into selling her kidney.
    How stupid can people be?

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    There's alot of this stuff going on in China, too, so I hear. Prisoners "disappearing" and the freshly executed have their organs sold off by inscrupulous authorities. New technologies create new crimes.

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    and we sometimes whinge bout how poor we are????

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    689 quid is about 48K baht. the average thai would sell a kidney for that i reckon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helicopter View Post
    689 quid is about 48K baht. the average thai would sell a kidney for that i reckon
    and how much if he were selling it to a farang?

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    ^ a pick up truck or a small house in Surin?

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    No, that's for long-timing the daughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    “I bought a colour TV and some trainers and jeans for the children — and that was it. The money was gone and now I feel such a fool.”
    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Mariana’s husband Georgy, 29, makes less than &#163;100 a month as a builder
    I'd feel pretty bad about myself too, if I blew 7 months wage on a TV and a pair of jeans...

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroller View Post
    I'd feel pretty bad about myself too, if I blew 7 months wage on a TV and a pair of jeans...
    at least it wasn't on a TV t-shirt

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    You dudes is sure some hard hearted blokes..

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    Jeeeeeeeeez. A farking TV. She could at least have bought something useful. Will she sell the next one and buy a complete deck of pokemon cards for her kids??

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    I sold kidney to buy a TV
    fark! could got a proper woman with a genuine gash for that price

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    and how reliable is this newspaper story?


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    I'd sell mine for a grand(1000 English pounds).I'm young and not as
    polluted as the rest of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roc View Post
    I'd sell mine for a grand(1000 English pounds).I'm young and not as
    polluted as the rest of you.
    i'll take 2.

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    2 million baht sounds about right.

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    yep 2 million and they can have it

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    I wouldn't sell one of mine, unless it was for a ridiculous amount of money. Something like 50 million squid would do it.

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    i would buy one of CMN's at his knockdown price of 2 million baht and hope to make a profit by selling it on

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    Wouldn't sell one for any amount, but would give one to a close family member if they needed it

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