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Shiva (l) with her kidney donor Mehrdad (r)

Iran Kidney Sale was broadcast on Tuesday, 31 October, 2006 at 2150 BST on BBC Two.

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I felt so sorry for Sohaila. I hope she has fully recovered from the operation and is well. I could not believe what I was watching, that in Iran people would sell a kidney for such little money. Sohaila seemed a really decent person and I wish her all the best.
Abid, UK

Thank you for exploring this topic! If this film doesn't convince people in my hyper-capitalist country that selling organs is a bad idea, I don't know what will. Interesting that the kidney donations in the film were referred to as both "charity" and "a gift" when, as one donor pointed out, once money is introduced, they can't qualify as either. I had a kidney transplant 30 years ago and will most likely need at least one more to live a normal life span. I plan to live to old age, but I hope I never see the day this system comes home to America.
Terri, US

Kudos for making a fantastic documentary. It came across as a particularly intimate and natural piece of film and is an absolute credit to the makers. I myself received a transplant just a year ago and watching this was extremely touching. Seeing the similarities and the many differences was fascinating. Make more!
Joe Tidey, Farnham

What I find the most unbelievable is that this practice is not only condoned by the government but is actually administered by them!
Liz Butler-Hendereson, Canada

Great documentary. Made me realise how much we all have in common. I know a few people over here who would sell a kidney to make ends meet. Luckily it has not come to that yet. This practice happens elsewhere in the world too. Sadly the wealth of a nation never permeates to it's poor, even over here. This is why the public have to pass a begging bowl around to raise money for our hospital services and research.
Sam, London

Congratulation for making a programme of such quality. Not only does it highlight how lucky we are in the UK with our social and health systems, but how much opportunity and freedom we also have. When the concept of the legal sale of organs is raised again in the UK, everyone should view this programme and see the ramifications of this trade. Iran is currently portrayed in a fairly poor light and it is easy to forget that the general population are pretty much just like us. We would do well to remember this before we act.
Andrew, London

Having just received a kidney after 23 years on a dialysis machine, I found this programme absolutely fascinating and so moving. What I would like to know is what happens if the transplant fails? Does the recipient still pay or does the donor go without? Is there any aftercare for the donor?
Terry Sopp, Reading

I thought the programme was very informative and presented a balanced perspective. However, I wish this programme did not only highlight the tragedy of poverty, but also enabled viewers to assist the individuals involved. Perhaps it would be a good idea in future to open an account whereby the needs of the individuals involved in the programme could be met and any excess monies raised could then be used to help others in a similar situation.
Tony Ryan, Limerick City, Ireland

I was very shocked at the reality of what people from Iran face in order to overcome money difficulties. It just highlights how lucky we are and I felt deeply for the people involved.
Maria Harper, North Wales

Programmes of this quality are extremely rare and a credit to all those people involved in making it, and other recent BBC2 documentaries.
Faziel Bapu, Bolton

I watched this programme fascinated by what I saw. It really brought it home to me how, as a middle class person, how little I have to moan about. These were normal people struggling in life and as a last resort having to sell literally their souls to survive. A fantastic insight into different cultures and their daily fight to stay alive.
Anthony Doyle, Dublin

We human beings have to really appreciate every day of our lives, knowing that there are so many incredibly painful life stories out there.
Steve Riazi, USA

Unfortunately some people, to solve their financial problems, are compelled to sell their kidney. It is a tragic aspect of life.
Shahin Koohkamari, Tehran, Iran

Excellent stuff. I'm a dialysis patient, rather fit and healthy, but nevertheless, a transplant does extend life expectancy and increases quality of life in terms of not being tied to a machine three evenings a week. I'm sold, where's the nearest Iranian travel agents?!
Simon, London

Your article made me cry... In a country of such wealth, people are suffering for no logical reason. This is really unacceptable.
Samad Orang, Tehran, Iran

Very sad that people have to be so desperate to sell their body parts to make a living. How sad that it should happen in a country that is blessed with abundant natural oil and gas reserve.
Abe, UK



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