Costa Rica: Vital Organs Sold in the Black Market

hospital_costa ricaOn Thursday, the authorities of San Jose in Costa Rica stated that three Costa Rican doctors and a Greek are considered suspects for trafficking kidneys to people abroad.

Attorney General Carlos Jimenez revealed that the doctors who were working at the Calderon Guardia Hospital of San Jose illegally purchased kidneys at two private clinics in other parts of the country.

The Greek involved in this story owns of a pizzeria close to the hospital, where he recruited donors to sell their kidneys.

Jimenez said that the doctors conducted kidney transplant surgeries having knowledge that donors were receiving money in exchange for their organs.

In June, police arrested another doctor and a government official in the same case. The doctor was ironically the chief of neurology at Calderon Guardia Hospital, and authorities revealed that he was the main contact for foreigners who were looking for kidney transplants. The officials declared that foreigners were charged from $80,000 to $100,000 for a transplant. The government also was recruiting eventual donors.

Police arrested the defendants and then invaded their own homes, offices, three medical laboratories as well as clinics where surgeries have been taken place.

Costa Rican police started investigating the case in June, after a Mexican newspaper published an article about organs being sold in the black market through the internet.