A human heart left on a commercial airliner provides a glimpse into the nation’s transplant system. The obscure network of nonprofit organizations is questioned
With organ trafficking on the rise and nonprofit institutions implicated, a recent news article published by The Washington Post (see HERE) reveals the obscure and uncontrolled U.S. network of these organizations that collect and transport human organs and tissue.
The heart traveled in the cargo compartment of a Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento to Seattle on Sunday. It was supposed to be picked up in Seattle but remained on the plane when the aircraft left for Dallas. There are conflicting accounts of what went wrong, and an investigation is underway.
Authorities consider this another example of the need for more oversight of the entire organ donation system.
Sen. Todd C. Young (R-Ind.), who has been looking into the transplant system, said Friday that the incident “strikes me as another example of a need for more oversight of the entire organ donation system. That system has operated in the darkness for decades, and Congress and the administration need to fix this.”
Our Observatory has reported the growing problem of organ trafficking due to the pressing and urgent need for organs for transplantation, which creates opportunities for a highly lucrative business in the buying and selling of cheap organs (see links above).