Which Organs Can I Live Without, and How Much Cash Can I Get for Them?
- First, a disclaimer: Selling your organs is illegal in the United States. Itâ€™s also very dangerous. Handing off an organ is risky enough when done in a top hospital, even more so if youâ€™re doing it for cash in a back alley. No, really: Donâ€™t do this. OK? OK.There are many organs one can theoretically do without, or for which thereâ€™s a backup. Most folks can spare a kidney, a portion of their liver, a lung, some intestines, and an eyeball, and still live a long life. That said, donating a lung, a piece of liver or a section of intestines is a very complicated surgery, so itâ€™s not done frequently on the black market. And no oneâ€™s going to make much cash on an eyeball. â€śIn the U.S., thereâ€™s a fairly steady supply of donated corneas from corpses,â€ť says Sean Fitzpatrick, director of public affairs at the New England Organ Bank. â€śThereâ€™s pretty much no market demand for eyes.â€ť Giving up a kidney, though, is a relatively simple surgery that has netted desperate people a few bucks.