The Kidney Sellers is an exploration into the underbelly of it all, where the author looks at the ethics of compensating for organ donation; from exploitation to the numerous number of lives it has managed to save. Sigrid Fry-Revere tries to find answer to the question why patients are dying in U.S for a lack of kidneys while there is actually a waiting list of people willing to donate in Iran.
Sigrid Fry-Revere had to battle misconceptions and fears to concerns from friends and family to undertake this once in a lifetime journey to Iran, where she interviews and does research on the kidney sellers who donate their kidneys for a financial compensation. What makes all of it a brave adventure is the fact that she did all the research without permission from the Iranian government, fearing it might hinder her objective to get to the unadulterated truth. The Kidney Sellers reads as an intimate diary entry of a foreigner surviving in an alien and politically hostile country and also an essay on the ethics and functionality of the kidney selling culture.
Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere said when we spoke to her during an interview that this was one topic that always close to her heart especially since she is an ethics consultant for the Washington Regional Transplant Community’s Organ and Tissue Advisory Committee and also project director of the Center for Ethical Solution’s SOS (Solving the Organ Shortage) project. Kevin Peter who reviewed the book for Moterwriter.com recommended this book to all, saying that anyone with a mature and functioning conscience reading the book is bound to feel the gravity of the situation and feel this compelling urge to do something, a positive step in the right direction, to contribute to solving the kidney shortage crisis.
About the author:
Sigrid Fry-Revere, J.D., Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Center for Ethical Solutions and Stop Organ Trafficking Now, both nonpartisan, non-profit, 501(c) public charities. The first is dedicated to educating the public on issues in patient-care ethics and the second is working to raise awareness on ways to improve the availability of living donors in the United States while at the same time fighting to curtail Americans’ involvement in the illegal organ market. Sigrid is also the medical ethics consultant to the Washington D.C. Regional Transplant Community’s Organ and Tissue Advisory Committee.
Sigrid holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and a law degree, both from Georgetown University. The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran is her first non-fiction adventure book. She lives with her husband Bob Corn-Revere on a farm in Northern Virginia where they raise their four children.
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