A Kidney for a Life Julio's Story

by: Jeannemar Genevive Yap-Figueras

Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Length: 10 pages
Product ID#: 1-004-300

Core Disciplines: Ethics, Leadership/Organizational Behavior, Strategy & Management

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Julio de los Reyes is a garbage sorter at a dumpsite in the Philippines. Lately a man has been approaching the workers there to sell their kidneys claiming that it can help families financially and is altruistic at the same time. Julio knows there is something amiss, but he cannot help wondering about the good the money would bring to his family. Ultimately, he is challenged to make a decision.

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Discuss and explain the outcomes of organ donation and organ trafficking.
  • Assess and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of organ donation and organ trafficking.
  • Project and evaluate the long-term effects of the situation.
  • Develop a moral decision with supporting justifications.