Costa Rica on alert for organ trafficking

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – What started with an email turned into the dismantling of an international organ-trafficking ring.

American surgeon Francis L. Delmonico, the chairman of the World Transplant Society, emailed Jorge Cortés, the director of Hospital Clínica Bíblica – one of the three private centers authorized to perform transplants in San José – in November 2012 that an Israeli had undergone an illegal kidney transplant in Costa Rica. Delmonico became suspicious when the Israeli who received the transplant became sick.

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