How Much is Your Body Worth?

Selling your organs and other body parts is illegal but it does beg the question; how much could you get for your various bits if it wasn’t? Inspired by this post written by Brian, I decided to try and find out. I’ve only included the parts which could be donated by the living, as you couldn’t exactly profit from donating your own heart…

Kidney

The most common organ to be transplanted, it’s estimated that 3 patients still die each day while waiting for a donor kidney because of a shortage of willing donors. It’s perfectly possible to live a long and healthy life after donating a kidney.

Interestingly, in Iran where selling kidneys for profit is legal, the waiting list for transplants is non-existent.

Payouts vary; kidneys can be sold for anything between $20,000 and $80,000, although as the donor you could expect to receive just a portion of that, with the rest going to cover surgical fees and other expenses. After deductions, you’d be looking at a profit of up to $10,000.

Cornea

The second most common transplanted body part, the cornea has a high success rate because of the lack of blood vessels. Corneas are the clear lens across the front of the eye and are necessary for vision. Most corneas are harvested from cadavers but it is possible, if you want to live with the sight of just one eye, to be a living donor.

The major exporter of corneas is Brazil and the practice reportedly doesn’t pay too well. Donors can typically expect around $7,000 and a loss of depth perception for their trouble.

Liver

Obviously you can’t donate your whole liver and expect to carry on living! However partial donations are possible, albeit risky. Surgeons will, wherever possible, remove the left lobe as there are fewer complications involved than with removal of the right lobe.

Apparently, liver donors could get up to $150,000, but you’d be risking hefty fines and jail time if you got caught. And prison isn’t really the ideal place to recover from liver surgery!

Lung

The lung is another organ for which a partial donation is possible, with the right lung preferred as it avoids the need to manoeuvre around the donor’s heart. Complications can include fluid around the lungs, spitting up blood and non-productive coughs. Needless to say, being a living lung donor requires careful consideration.

Perhaps not surprisingly, it was hard to find out a definite price for a lung donation! However I did manage to find one site which estimates the worth of a human lung as being anything up to $116,000. Presumably that’s for a full lung, which would be much harder to part with than a partial one if you planned on living a good life with the money you’d earn…

Blood

Donating blood and plasma for compensation is legal in the US. It’s the simplest form of donation and you can earn between $20 and $40 each time you give blood. It’s recommended that you don’t donate too often, although guidelines do vary: in the UK you can only give blood every 16 weeks, whereas in the US a gap of 54 days is recommended.

Plasma, the substance which carries vitamins through your bloodstream, can be donated at the same time or in a separate donation. Unlike blood, plasma can be donated up to twice a week, with donors getting paid roughly $20-$25 for the first session and $30-$45 for the second.

Bone Marrow

Next to blood and sperm, this is perhaps the simplest of all the body parts to donate, and donors report a fast recovery time of just 5 days while their body regenerates the marrow.

Originally classified as an organ, it’s technically illegal to receive financial reward for donating marrow. However, a new ruling passed in December 2011 states that some donors can now receive cash for their marrow; depending on the amount taken this could be anywhere from $125 to $450.

Sperm/Eggs

Donating sperm is not as simple as walking into a clinic, ‘doing your stuff’ to some girly mags and trotting out, cash in hand. A donor needs to fit certain very specific criteria regarding height, colouring and education level, then provide a sample to check the quality of the ‘swimmers’. If the candidate gets accepted to become a regular donor, he will need to commit to a minimum 6 months contract, making one or two deposits each week.

Depending on the clinic, you could be paid between $35-$50 per deposit…but you don’t get the cash right away. Instead, the clinic ‘freezes your assets’ – as it were – and holds onto the money until 6 months after your contract finishes, and then you only get the money if your swimmers are still healthy after defrosting.

Women can donate their eggs, or ova, but the procedure obviously isn’t as simple! Egg donation involves injecting yourself with a stimulant hormone to boost egg production prior to them being harvested from your ovaries.

The compensation an egg donor receives varies greatly between countries. In the US the going rate can be anywhere from $2,000-$10,000, whereas in the UK the maximum a donor can currently get paid is £250 (a little less than $390). However this sum is under review and may be increased in the near future.

To sum up (taking the highest values found):

Kidneys                        $10,000

Cornea                         $7,000

Liver                            $150,000

Lung                            $116,000

Blood                           $240 per year for blood

Plasma                        $3640 assuming 2 donations every week for a year

Bone Marrow               $450

Sperm                          $2600 assuming 2 deposits per week for 6 months

Ova                              $10,000

Total  worth (men)       $289,930

Total worth (women)    $297,330

As far as debt management goes, selling your body probably isn’t the most ethical way to do it, but it’s comforting to know that you’re worth so much!

Written by Louise Tillotson from MoneySupermarket, a price comparison site in the UK. No, we don’t compare body parts!

35 Responses to How Much is Your Body Worth?
  1. Roberto
    November 14, 2012 | 11:31 am

    My name is Roberto, I have 33 years and I am from Romania but live in Spain.
    I have blood type, A2+ positive .. Height 1.80, weight 86 kg, I am healthy, with the analysis made in 2011. Apt, clinical to donate liver lobe.
    For more info reply to my e-mail:
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    Thank you.

  2. prasad india
    January 16, 2013 | 3:36 am

    hi to all,my name is prasad from india ,i want to danate my organd like liver,plasma,sperm,blood,ext,iam 26 years old,A+blood group,i dont have bad habits like drinking,smoking,drugs,others,any one need of my organs plz call me or give me mail, my mail id is ydvprasd@gmail.com,or call me on 00918801660990,00919000083018.

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    April 23, 2013 | 5:11 am

    I donate my brain lol only$2!

  4. Johnson
    August 17, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Hi I am John here from India I am o negative blood group I am ready tot donate my liver pls contact me any one required my mail I’d John_dcroz@Yahoo.co.in

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    June 14, 2015 | 2:59 am

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    June 8, 2016 | 7:08 am

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    June 27, 2016 | 9:19 pm

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  26. Dr Felix
    June 27, 2016 | 9:20 pm

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    July 2, 2016 | 4:49 am

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  29. Dr.John Rooney
    July 20, 2016 | 1:47 am

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  30. Dr Dave
    August 23, 2016 | 2:31 pm

    Do you want to sell your kidney for hug amount of money? Apollo Hospital is urgently in need for O+ve B+ve and A+ve kidney donor. If anyone is willing for the kidney donor please contact us immediately 00918123908042 and we shall offer you $220,000.00 U.S.D for your one kidney. So if interested kindly contact us now for more information.

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  31. Dr Dave
    August 23, 2016 | 2:31 pm

    Greeting from APOLLO HOSPITAL Dr Dave Hankins. As we have a lot of patients who are here for kidney transplant, Are you seeking for an opportunity to sell your kidney for money due to financial break down and we shall offer you $150,000 USD for your Kidney.

    No. +919738839781
    email: davehankings@gmail.com

  32. Dr Ben
    August 25, 2016 | 3:58 pm

    Do you want to sell your kidney? Are you seeking for an opportunity to
    sell your kidney for money due to financial break down and you don’t
    know what to do, then contact us today and we shall offer you good
    amount for your Kidney. My name is (DR Ben Hale) am a Phrenologist in
    Hale hospital. Our hospital is specialized in Kidney Surgery and we
    also deal with buying and transplantation of kidneys with a living and
    corresponding donor. We are located in America and Africa, If you are
    interested in selling or buying kidney’s please don’t hesitate to
    contact us via email: { drbenhalemedicals@gmail.com } .
    Thanks,
    MANAGEMENT.

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    August 25, 2016 | 4:02 pm

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  34. DR. D. K. AGARWAL
    August 28, 2016 | 10:45 pm

    Dear Sir /Madam,
    Hello ,Do you want to buy or sell your kidney for money, British kidney patient association is urgently in need for O+ve and A+ve kidney donors with any passports require. If any one is willing to donate or buy please contact us through my email id_ drdkagarwal4@outlook.com

    DR. D. K. AGARWAL
    Phone Number: +917695893578

  35. dr smith ravin
    September 17, 2016 | 6:45 am

    Urgently needed A+, B+, O+, blood group donors with Indian passport only and age between 25-35. We give you all expenses like TRAVELING, ACCMODATION, FOOD, & MEDICAL ALL Expenses.
    We will give you honest price for your donation & top best medical treatment it will help your future life
    I give assurance what I mentioned here. If you have any questions or doughts just mail me !!

    My mail id : drsmithravin@gmail.com

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