A brave young woman is taking on the US Government in a battle for the right — to sell her WOMB.
Patricia Prakash, 24, revealed that almost all the females on her mother’s side suffered an heriditary condition called fibroids and had to have their uteruses removed.
She attempted to sell her uterus on the online shopping site Etsy, but her advert was promptly removed by the site’s administrators.
The sale of organs is illegal in the United States, but Patricia hopes to become the exception and is now lobbying for the legalisation of payment for organs removed for medical reasons.
Patricia, an online tutor, from Eureka, Montana, USA, said: “Almost every woman on my mother’s side of the family ended up having fibroids and had to have their uteruses removed either in their late 20s or early 30s.
“My time is approaching and I’m worried I may have to pay a lot of money to have mine removed as well – so I figured why not sell it?
“If I am medically required to have it removed then why shouldn’t I be able to make some money, or at least pay the hospital bill with it. I’m not just selling my organ just for the sake of it.
“I wouldn’t sell it unless I was legally permitted to do so, but I believe that I should have the option.”
Patricia began by creating a petition on change.org, which she admits “hasn’t received much attention yet.”
She added: “I tried to set up a listing for my uterus on Etsy hoping to attract a buyer or at least some more publicity.
“The post was taken down almost immediately by Etsy, but I intend to try to post it on eBay and Letgo next. I want to take this to my local politicians as well.
“I know not everyone is on the market to buy a uterus. I listed mine for £750 ($1,000), just to cover the medical expenses and help me financially a little.
“My thought is maybe a research facility, some quirky billionaire or someone who could afford it and would use it.
“I know my one case probably isn’t enough to change any laws. I just hope my petition at least begins to bring some attention to my situation.”
For more information visit Patricia’s online petition http://chng.it/YTcmqkpH and her Twitter @PatriciaPrakas1.
- Fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in or around the womb (uterus). The growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue, and vary in size.
The exact cause of fibroids is unknown, but they have been linked to the hormone oestrogen.
Oestrogen is the female reproductive hormone produced by the ovaries. Fibroids usually develop during a woman’s reproductive years (from around the age of 16 to 50) when oestrogen levels are at their highest.