Would you sell your kidney for $208,000?
April 4, 2016 12:17am CST
Note: You might be wondering why I posted a photo of kidney beans instead of a human kidney. Many people are squeamish when they see photos of anatomical features.. Besides my funny bone saw the humor of it. The myLot post title read "Columbia Asia Hospital Is urgently In Need Of Kidney Donor by Dr. Paul Michael The blurb that followed ask you if you are in debt or are having financial difficulties. Then they entice the reader by implying that for one kidney they will pay a maximum amount of $208,000. A contact number is left for you to call. REALLY!? "Something smells awfully fishy here" The scam-alert in my brain was warning me. First, it is against the myLot rules to post promotional articles, and what they are promoting is illegal. Criminally liable in most countries. But being my usual curious self, I decided to do some "Curious George" sleuthing on the internet. Columbia Asia Hospital is a Healthcare company whose headquarters is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It has a chain of hospitals across India, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Mostly small 70-90 bed facilities located in the suburbs outside the major cities of the host country. This is to cut cost and save in overhead expenses. Hospitals are also staff from local hire. This is obviously a money making business venture. Patient care and welfare appears not to be in the company's priority list, as there were so many negative reviews. Many former patients called it the most expensive and worst hospital they had the misfortune to be admitted in. BTW, I only read reviews coming from India. So I wonder if you know any Indian doctor name Dr. Paul Michael?
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4 Apr 16
This smells more than fishy, Dr. Paul Michael does not sound as an Indian, or Asian name and searching online, here is what you can find if you search for the doctor name: QUOTE "Another Kidney Donor scam message left as a comment on the FraudFYI blog by Dr. Paul Michael Columbia Asia Hospital email@example.com"
4 Apr 16
No, I won't and that's really stupid. Kidney is a vital part of your organ dealing with the toxins in your body. with out that you're in trouble, you will end up being in the dialysis which something my goes through every day.
• United States
5 Apr 16
@josie_ I saw a woman on TV the other night who was born with just one kidney. She was just fine. I'm still glad to have both, but she was able to have children with no complications. She didn't know about it until she was in her twenties. Apparently, no one knew.
4 Apr 16
Its sad to hear that many people are selling the one part of their kidney their reason is "You can still live with the other one". Here in our country at Tondo Manila there are many residents there lives only with one kidney and they sold it for a very cheap price of about 2-300 Thousand Pesos.
4 Apr 16
some people made it to business. I was once working in an underprivileged community before where selling kidneys and blood is normal. Good thing now, that it is against the law but somehow this kind of trading can be arranged so the donor will look like they are relative or something.
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Apr 16
I don't think I've seen an Indian name with less than a dozen letters, though I could be wrong, they do seem to have long and un-pronoucable names. As for the hospital, it sounds like you said out for the money and not the patient. Sad state of affairs.