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Nov132006

Poor Pakistanis donate kidneys for money

SADAQAT JAN, Associated Press Writer —JANDALA, Pakistan – Nassem Kausar has done it. So, she says, have her sister, six brothers, five sisters-in-law and two nephews. Each has sold a kidney to a trade that has led Pakistan’s media to dub the country a “kidney bazaar.” 

“We do this because of our poverty,” said Kausar, who is in her 30s and lives with her family in Sultanpur Mor, a village in eastern Pakistan.

A kidney nets the donor $2,500, sometimes less than half that amount, while recipients — some 2,000 a year — pay $6,000 to $12,000, compared with $70,000 in neighboring China.
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