Black Market organ prices might surprise you. That's because some body parts are worth an astounding amount of money, while others fetch a much lower price than you'd probably guess. If you've read the true stories of people whose organs were stolen, you know that organs aren't the only human parts that are in demand. Everything from hair to skin has a price and is available without waiting on a donor list - as long as you're willing to break the law and take the risk of imprisonment, that is.
Due to the difficulty of making it to the top of the applicable organ transplant list in time, it is estimated that 10% of all organs and tissue used in surgeries come from the Black Market. This happens despite the fact that Iran is the only nation on earth where it is actually legal to buy, sell, and trade organs. Sadly, many people feel like they have no choice other than to turn to the Black Market because 50% of waitlist patients do not receive the necessary organ transplant in time. However, demand for organs on the Black Market has also led to illegal businesses like organ harvesting in children in Mexico. So, what are your organs worth on the Black Market? Read on to find out!
Kidneys - $200,000
Kidneys are by far the most popular organ on the Black Market. In fact, a staggering 75% of the Black Market organ trade involves the sale of kidneys. Therefore, it's not surprising that they're also one of the most expensive things to illegally purchase. At approximately $200,000, most people who need a kidney transplant due to medical issues such as high blood pressure and diabetes won't be able to afford it.
Sadly, less than a third of US patients on the kidney waitlist will get a legal opportunity to save their lives. Something worth noting is that the cost of these organs is much lower in China and India, where they range from $15,000 to $62,000.
Liver - $157,000
Liver disease claims more than 31,000 American lives annually. Waiting for a transplant often takes too long, and the cost of this surgery is also very prohibitive for many patients. Turning to the Black Market makes it cheaper and easier to find a replacement liver. If you were to sell your liver today, it would bring in more than $157,000. If your liver is healthy, you can live without part of it. Finding a Black Market buyer who will pay a compelling fee for a partial liver may be difficult, though.
Heart - $119,000
If you're like the Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz and you need a new heart to stay alive, you may be very tempted to turn to the Black Market. Legal heart donations require $997,700 dollars, which is a major chunk of the estimated $1.2 million fee associated with heart transplant surgery. Most people don't have $1.2 million available to save their life, and the Black Market makes the process much more affordable. Each illegally obtained heart is worth $119,000, which makes the price of a legal heart seem like the true crime.
Corneas - $24,400
Cornea damage can lead to blindness, so it's no wonder that this body part is valuable. After all, people can permanently damage their eyesight from a long list of seemingly innocuous things, including glancing at a solar eclipse without proper eye protection. As always, the Black Market has stepped up to fill this need. Corneas are worth $24,400 via the Black Market, which includes implanting them. In other words, if someone sells your corneas after you die, they're not going to get quite that much money.