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Hospital earns $8mn from Gulf liver trade

Patients pay $160,000 each for organs from UK donors - with almost half of patients from Gulf region.

One of Britain's leading hospitals has made more than $8 million by giving livers from UK donors to private foreign patients in the Gulf.

Over the past five years, surgeons from King's College Hospital in South London have performed 50 liver transplants, with each patient paying around $160,000, almost half of whom were from the UAE and Kuwait, the Mail on Sunday reported.

At least one foreign government is now monitoring the progress of its patients amid fears they are being given inferior organs, the newspaper said, without saying where it got the information.

Under UK law, British-donated livers can only be given to non-EU private patients if the organs have already been turned down for those on UK and EU waiting lists because of problems with their age or size.

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