1st March, 2014- a full-fledged research on kidney sellers has been published as, The Kidney Sellers, revealing the diverse dimensions of the drama. The President of Non-profit NGOs, Stop Organ Trafficking Now, and, Center for Ethical Solutions, and author of the book, Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere, has made the study authentic and meaningful through collecting data from the actual Iranian society. She herself travels through Iran to collect firsthand information on how Iran has sorted out the problem of kidney donation, “an issue that USA has been confronting with,” she says,
“Finally, the adventure I have to share is not only interesting because it took place in a faraway country that Americans rarely visit, but also because the United States is struggling with a problem Iran seems to have solved.” (P:xiii)
Sigrid excites her reader through her authenticity, candidness and adventure. The reader gets entirely stunned, overwhelmed and spell bound while accompanying Dr. Sigrid on her discovery channel presenting kidney selling affair.
“I have done my best to present an honest, unbiased account of the truth, unaffected by political or social agendas. If I have accomplished my goal, then this book should go a long way toward banishing the uninformed imaginings, both good and bad, over what caused the organ shortage in the United States and what solved it in Iran.” (P:xviii)
The story begins in USA when Sigrid faces the kidney cancer of her newly born son, which raises many question marks: “I set out to explore certain searching questions: Does prohibiting compensated organ donation violate a donor’s right to self- determination and self- ownership? Would paying donors beyond reimbursement for transplant- related expenses cause exploitation, offend human dignity, or degrade the medical profession? And how does one weigh such countervailing concerns?” (P:xvi)
The tale ends up in exploring the Iranian solution model.
“…, in Iran, kidney sellers are guaranteed at least a modicum of informed consent, and there are mechanisms in place to help ensure compensated donors are paid the money they are promised. As a result, selling a kidney in Iran is less risky and more socially acceptable, and there is a waiting list to donate, not a waiting list to receive a kidney as there is in other countries.” (Pxviii)
Sigrid educates how many times kidney transplant and kidney donation is the only and better solution, but we need to sort out how to protect the rights of both kidney patients and donors simultaneously. Neither the patients should face deaths because of the organ shortage issues nor should the donors be exploited due to their poverty. Furthermore, the horrors of kidney black-market can be avoided.
She found the answers of her quest in the Iranian model that has been the first state who has addressed the issue legally. Despite all the apprehensions, she, bravely, realizes her visit to Iran with the help of an Irani Physician friend, Dr. Bastani and an Irani acquaintance, Dr. Ghods.
On her journey to the land of unknown, Iran, she explores the past and present of Iranian culture, history and society to understand her kidney-donation solution better. Sigrid’s courageous drive, her humorous account and her fiction-like nonfiction grabs all the hearts who read the book. All thumbs up!
A fabulous read!