October 10th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) Five doctors and nurses employed at the Calderon Guardia Hospital are under investigation for illegal organ harvesting.
The healthcare workers are suspected of taking equipment from the hospital to a private clinic, where organs were removed from patients to be sold for profit.
In June, agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) raided Calderon Guardia and arrested the Chief of Nephrology – a doctor by the last name of Mora -on suspicion of being linked to a group engaged in human organ trafficking and extracting organs for sale abroad.
Mora remains in preventive detention while authorities continue to build a case against him.
Mora’s alleged victims were poor people who were paid $20,000 for their kidneys, which were later resold for $150,000 or more.
The trafficking group was allegedly formed in Brazil, and operated in Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Bolivia and Nicaragua.