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 risk imprisonment and medical complications.
Due to the difficulty of making it to the top of the applicable organ transplant list in time, some organs used in surgeries come from the Black Market, or what the World Health Organization calls the "international organ trade" via "transplant tourism" or even human trafficking. This happens despite the fact that Iran is the only nation 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 their need is so great. In the United States, approximately 20 people die each day while waiting for an organ that is unavailable.
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. 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, few US patients on the kidney waitlist will get a legal opportunity to save their lives. In 2013, only 16,896 kidney transplants were performed in the US while over 100,000 people were on the waiting list for the surgery. Something worth noting is that the cost of these organs is much lower in China and India.
Liver - $157,000
Liver disease, including alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis B and C, cirrhosis, and carcinoma, is on the rise in the US, leading more people to require transplants. As of 2015, approximately 30,000 Americans die each year from chronic liver diseases. 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 about $157,000.
If your liver is healthy, you can live without part of it, and apparently, the rest of it will grow back. Finding a Black Market buyer who will pay a compelling fee for a partial liver may be difficult, but there is such a thing as legal living-donor liver transplant surgery.
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 $1.4 million fee associated with heart transplant surgery.
Most people don't have over $1 million available to save their life, and the Black Market makes the process much more affordable. An illegally obtained heart is worth $119,000, which makes the price of a legal heart seem like the true crime.
Corneas - $30,000
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. Legally or illegally, it's the most frequently transplanted tissue.