Organ harvesting is probably one of the most searched words in Nigeria right now following the arrest of Senator Ike Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice in the UK.
The former Deputy Senate President and his wife have been charged with conspiracy to transport a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
On Thursday 23 June, Uxbridge Magistrates Court refused them bail and held them in custody until July 7.
What is organ harvesting?
Organ harvesting is described as removing an organ from one person (the donor) and surgically replacing it in another person (the recipient) whose organ has failed.
Organs that can be harvested from one person and transplanted into another include:
Organs and tissues that are transplanted according to the Cleveland Clinic may include: :
- Middle ear.
- Heart valves.
- Connective tissue.
- Vascularized composite allografts (grafting of multiple structures that may include skin, uterus, bone, muscle , blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue).
< li>Bone marrow.
Who can donate an organ?
It is assumed that people of all ages can donateconsidered as potential donors.
“When a person dies, they are screened for donor suitability based on their medical history and age. The organ procurement organization determines medical eligibility for donation,” according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Is organ harvesting illegal?
Trade in tissue and organs is illegal in the United UK illegal Legal organ donation can only be done with a person’s consent.
The UK Metropolitan Police define organ harvesting as the illegal removal of a person’s internal organs for sale.< /p>
However, to save lives, the UK has passed a law that states that citizens will assume that they will agree to become an organ donor if they die if :
- You are over 18 years old;
- You have not opted out;
- You do not belong to an excluded group.
< h2>Organ harvesting: Ekweremadu, wife risks life imprisonment under UK law
Ekweremadu and his wife Beatrice, meanwhile, faces life imprisonment if found guilty and sentenced to the maximum sentence under the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA 2015).
London Metropolitan Police said, the investigation into the duo began after detectives were alerted to possible crimes under modern slavery.
MSA 2015 condemns human trafficking, among which the Organ harvesting falls, and carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment if convicted.