Desperate Americans Buy Kidneys From Peru Poor in Fatal Trade
- Affluent, often desperately ill patients travel to countries such as Egypt, Peru and the Philippines, where poor people sell them their organs. In Latin America, the transplants are usually arranged by unlicensed brokers. Theyâ€™re performed -- for fees -- by accredited surgeons, some of whom have trained at the worldâ€™s leading medical schools.The global demand for organs far exceeds the available supply. In the U.S., 110,693 people are on waiting lists for organs, and fewer than 15,000 donors are found annually.Americans who go abroad for illicit transplants can contract infections or HIV from unhealthy donors, posing a public health threat when they return, Delmonico says.