How much can you earn selling your entire body, including blood, hair, internal organs and DNA.
The sale of human organs is illegal in all countries of the world except Iran. "Giblets are sold and bought on the market, and organs for living people are distributed through specially organized institutions," say doctors at one of the Moscow transplant clinics. However, legal sources are not always able to timely provide the required number of organs and tissues for transplantation.
As of 2011, in the United States alone, more than 110 thousand patients are expected in the “organ queue”, and donors provide them to less than 15 thousand people per year. In the same America, 18 people die every hour who never received a transplant. Bodies and organs are also needed for scientific purposes: current estimates are that medical and biological research requires tens of thousands of bodies every year. Deficiency creates demand, and demand creates supply, and many patients, waiting for a transplant, are ready to shell out considerable sums for new organs. Already on the black market.
In such circumstances, it is not easy for everyone except criminals. Patients risk getting not only an organ, but also a new disease: AIDS and hepatitis - the usual companions of "black transplantation". Unhappy donors, often driven to such a step by banal poverty, receive only a small part of the proceeds. The lion's share of the money goes to intermediaries. For example, the world average cost of a kidney on the black market is about $ 150,000, of which the donor gets on average only about $ 5,000. 3, 7 thous.
According to some reports, more than 2 million drugs illegally obtained from human organs, fluids and tissues are sold and bought annually in the United States alone. Rumors persist about the existence of entire "blood farms", whose "workers" are engaged only in the production and donation of blood.
How much can you help out for your own body? We tried to understand the issue - although we note that the prices indicated in different sources differ by an order of magnitude. Much depends on the legality of the operation itself, on the country of origin of the organ and, of course, on the physical condition of the donor. We provide only indicative figures and provide links only to legally operating Internet resources.
Blood: up to $ 400 per liter (only $ 25 in India)
Practice has shown that volunteers bring much "healthier" blood than forced donors, so you won't earn serious money on blood. Moscow blood transfusion stations offer monetary compensation for it for food (or a grocery set), two days off at work, as well as "a high assessment of self-awareness from helping other people." However, about 5 liters of blood can be squeezed out of an average person - and in a good scenario, this is already 2 thousand dollars.
Plasma: $ 200 per month
The yellowish liquid part of the blood is much more expensive than itself, and the cells filtered from the plasma will be returned to the donor's bloodstream.
Hair: $ 100 to $ 4,000 per kg
It all depends on the natural hair color and their length. Red and blonde are more expensive, and if they are longer than 50 cm, then you can earn not so little on them. For firms, such a business brings considerable income - just remember that in 2011 the stocks of one of the beauty salons attracted even robbers who stole $ 150,000 worth of hair. It is often mentioned that the Hindu temple of Sri Tirumalai, where believers traditionally donate their hair, annually bail out more than 12 million for them.
Eggs: $ 8,000 each
In the United States, a woman can sell up to six of her eggs during her life, and the income received is taxed.
Sperm: $ 100 per "serving"
Note that this simple way to make money is fraught with unexpected dangers: in the summer of 2015, the court ordered the sperm donor to pay child support from a woman unknown to him.
Bone marrow: $ 3,000 per "serving" (about 23,000 per gram)
A unique source of hematopoietic stem cells - one of the hematopoietic organs of our body - is highly valued. In Russia, the sale of bone marrow is completely illegal, and in the United States it is allowed only in a few states, and the amount of remuneration is often not given to the donor, but transferred directly to payment of expenses for real estate, education or charity. Considering that there are about 1,000 g of bone marrow in the body, this is a very valuable resource of our body: it can bring up to 23 million dollars. But even if you find a doctor who is ready for an illegal operation, this will be the last earnings in your life.
Placenta: cost unknown
It is in great demand on the black market, as it is part of some of the "traditional" oriental medicine and cosmetics.
Human milk: $ 30 to $ 60 per liter
A popular form of feeding for babies whose mothers have milk problems. Many wet nurses, who have an abundance of milk, prefer to sell it - there is a case when one of them earned 20 thousand dollars in this way per year.
Uterus (surrogacy): $ 50,000 for carrying someone else's embryo
Banned in some countries and in a number of US states, legally in Russia.
Feces: $ 50 to $ 200
Yes, money can even be made from … waste! The procedure of fecal transplantation (bacteriotherapy) has been gaining popularity in recent years: medical practice has shown that it can restore the intestinal microflora in case of severe disorders and dysbiosis.
A loud scandal erupted in 2005 in the state of New Jersey, when after replacing a pair of vertebrae with donor ones for the patient, it turned out that they were obtained illegally - simply removed from the dead. The story of 2010 is even more famous: an employee of Southwest Airlines accidentally discovered a refrigerated container with dozens of human heads in the luggage compartment of an aircraft. Criminal cases against "black transplantologists" were initiated in Ukraine and Latvia. No such scandal has yet happened in Russian history.
Partially renewable resources
Cornea of the eye (one): from 4 thousand dollars
An organ that is easy to transport and transplant - the operations were put on stream more than half a century ago. Today donor corneas are rapidly being replaced by artificial analogs.
Kidney (one) from 15 thousand dollars in India to 262 thousand in the USA
The most demanded organ for transplantation - it accounts for about 75% of the world market. However, many patients never live to receive a donor organ: the queue is too long. Replacement may be required for patients with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and a host of other problems.
Liver (part): $ 54,000
The liver has an amazing ability to regenerate - it takes a lot of work to destroy it to a state of non-repair. However, for the same reason, only a portion of the donor's healthy liver is usually sufficient for a transplant.
Intestine (fragment): about 69 thousand dollars
As a rule, a part of the small intestine is used for the transplant, but in case of serious disorders it may be required together with other organs of the gastrointestinal tract.
Bones and Ligaments: $ 5,500 for an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Knee "kit"
Unlike other organs, which become useless for transplant in a matter of hours or even minutes after the death of the donor, bones and tendons are preserved much longer. Therefore, criminal cases against doctors and morgue workers "collecting" bundles from unclaimed corpses appear especially often.For example, in 2005, Biomedical Tissue Services was closed, and its head received a 50-year prison sentence: it turned out that its employees illegally used and sold bone tissue obtained from 244 bodies.
Leather (patch): $ 10 per square inch (6.5 sq cm)
A skin tissue transplant is usually required for severe burns of a different nature - thermal, chemical, electrical. Often, for this, it is possible to use the patient's skin, but sometimes donors are also resorted to - usually these are deceased people who, during their lifetime, agreed to use their bodies for the benefit of the living.
Easy (one): $ 58k
A donor can be a person who is either a non-smoker or who smokes no more than 20 packs per year. On the other hand, non-smokers have every chance of enriching themselves: in case of especially severe diseases, the patient may need to transplant a whole complex of organs - both lungs together with the heart - and the cost of the transplant will be almost astronomical. Such an operation in the United States is estimated at $ 1.5-2 million.
Heart: from 57 thousand dollars
Hearts are almost impossible to get on the black market: organ transplants are so complicated that they require a large group of specialists and expensive equipment, and the cost of an operation (legal) is approaching $ 1 million.
Pancreas: up to $ 44,000
Organ replacement may be required for severe diabetes. And although not all of the gland can be used for transplantation, it is removed entirely, and even together with the liver and duodenum.
Skeleton: $ 3,000 to $ 5,000
Until 1985, the famous "skeleton workshops" of Calcutta supplied tens of thousands of samples to the world market every year. However, today this practice is prohibited, and there are not so many legitimate sources of skeletons - much less than the real needs of doctors for training students. India remains the market leader: numerous bodies of beggars are boiled or cleaned in an acidic environment - and sold illegally. Fragments of the skeleton can be sold separately - already for transplantation: the shoulder joint, for example, will bring up to a thousand dollars.
Whole body: from 45 thousand dollars
The plastination procedure was invented in the 1970s and is used to create specimens of organs and systems for the study of anatomy, as well as simply exhibits for the curious. The body is immersed in ice-cold acetone, which replaces water in the tissues, and then the acetone in a vacuum is replaced with a biopolymer. Plastinated samples today are quite a profitable area of business, hundreds of laboratories in different countries of the world are engaged in their creation.
A few years ago, a columnist for Wired magazine discovered that it would be most prudent to sell not organs and tissues, but the complex chemical compounds they produce. Hormones, neurotransmitters, enzymes - many of them are extremely difficult to synthesize and can boast of the corresponding cost. If you focus on the maximum prices of 2003 and squeeze everything out of your body, you can help out serious money: according to the magazine, the total amount will exceed 46 million dollars. Here are just a few important examples.
|Resource||Price per gram, USD|
|Cell DNA||1 290 000|
|Prolactin||4 662 500|
|Immunoglobulin (IgG)||67 000|
|Cerebrospinal fluid||47 500|
|Thyroid-stimulating hormone||55 650|
|Insulin||3 500 000|