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Mainland Media Unveils New Evidence of Organ Harvesting in China
The Epoch Times ^ | Jul 26, 2007 | By Gao Feng

Posted on 08/06/2007 7:59:36 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL

Mainland China's well known media Southern Weekly , published a front page article titled "China Puts A Stop on 'Organ Transplant Tourism'" on July 19, 2007.

The article reported on the recent restrictions imposed on organ transplants performed on foreigners by Chinese hospitals, and exposed the inside story behind these organ transplants in Mainland China, which are performed under the rule of the Communist Party.

A Very Profitable Business

Organ transplants skyrocketed after 1999 and hospitals reaped huge profits.

The Southern Weekly mentioned that "liver transplants increased at a shocking rate: in 1999 only 24 liver transplants were performed; in 2000, the number reached 78, and in 2003, 356 cases. In 2004, 507 liver transplants were performed, breaking the previous world's record held by the University of Pittsburg Organ Transplant Center in the United States.

Together with the 368 kidney transplants done in the same year, the transplant department in the Oriental Organ Transplant Center has become the largest organ transplant center in Asia. In 2005 and 2006, the figure for liver transplants alone exceeded 600 cases."

In summary, the liver transplant operations of this hospital began to increase rapidly after 1999. From the period 1999 until 2006, the hospital performed at least 2,000 liver transplants. There were no figures for transplants done in 2001 and 2002.

According to the Southern Weekly , "the dramatic increase in business brought huge profits to the Oriental Organ Transplant Center.

According to previous reports, liver organ transplants alone brought the center at least 100 million yuan (USD 13.2 million) in a year."

Source of Organs Unknown, Research Thesis Rejected

As to the source of the organs, Southern Weekly gives contradictory information in its report.

The article mentioned "however since the beginning of this year (2007), organ transplants for foreigners 'took a dramatic downturn.' At the second level office of the Oriental Organ Transplant Center, Zhu Zhijun(deputy director) appeared anxious. Since the Chinese lunar new year, half a year has gone by, yet the hospital reputed to be Asia's largest organ transplant center had only performed a total of 15 liver transplant operations, compared to 2006, when the hospital performed 600 liver transplants."

"Zhu Zhijun also claimed that the dramatic drop in operations was 'due to lack of organ supplies.' The organs used in the 15 cases of liver transplants done in this year came from live donors. That means they came from family members."

One must wonder how did the hospital manage to perform over 600 transplant operations in 2006? What was the source of those organs? With a half year already passed, there have been only 15 organ transplants from family member donors. Why the sudden change?

The report in Southern Weekly also mentioned that "despite the huge number of transplant operations performed, the clinical experience and research results in the area of liver transplants done in China has yet to appear in internationally reputed medical journals.

One of the main reasons for this is that the thesis writer cannot explain the source of the organs. 'The Transplant Society' once issued a three page document openly forbidding Chinese scholars from presenting theses or reports on organ transplants at the society's Congress."

The above report clearly states that the author of clinical experience reports in China cannot explain the source of organs. If it was from criminals sentenced to death, approved by family members of executed prisoners or from donors, why can't he explain the source of the organs? In July 2005 at a world liver transplant conference, deputy minister of the Ministry of Public Health, Huang Jiefu, admitted for the first time, that currently the majority of organs in China come from executed prisoners.

"He pointed out that organs were only removed from the dead prisoners after obtaining permission from the prisoner or his family members and was done in accordance with common medical principles. He also said that the Chinese government intends to encourage more family members and the public to donate organs."

If organs used in organ transplants come from executed prisoners and had the approval of the prisoner or his family members, and if it is in accordance with medical principles, why did the number of organ donors suddenly decrease dramatically in 2007?

Was it because of a drastic decrease in executed prisoners? Or did China abolish capital punishment? What about the 600 liver transplants performed in 2006 that supposedly came from live donors?

Another question arises: "How was it carried out? Were the organs removed first before executing the death sentence?" If that was the case, is this in accordance with medical principles?

Southern Weekly also unveiled the popularity of this lucrative business in China, it has become a common operation in the mainland, "There are over 600 hospitals in China and 1,700 doctors performing organ transplants. In comparison, there are only about 100 hospitals capable of performing liver organ transplants and not more than 200 able to perform kidney transplants in the United States."

The Southern Weekly article also exposed that the portion of live organ donors in China is less than 2 percent of the total, much lower than the 35 percent in the United States.

Noteworthy is the increased rate of China's organ transplants, which is more than triple that of the United States. Take kidney transplants as an example, from 1993 to 2002, the average annual increase in China was 14 percent, while in the United States it was only 4 percent.

One may wonder how could such a large number organ transplants depend on such a small group of live organ donors? There is one possibility — an organ market. Where are the organs coming from?

In the Kilgour-Matas Independent Investigation—which thoroughly explored and confirmed China's organ harvesting program, the authors clearly indicate that "the sharp increase of the number of organ transplants aligns with the time of the persecution of Falun Gong in China."

As we mentioned previously, the organ donor supply has sharply decreased in 2007, which could be a sign that the regime has started to eliminate evidence and tighten control over hospitals because of the exposure of the crime, and international pressure in 2006.

The Oriental Transplant Center is only the tip of the iceberg, over 1,700 doctors in about 600 hospitals in China were busy making money thru organ transplants during the past six years.

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bodybrokers; china; falungong; organdonation; organharvesting; organtransplants; prisoners

1 posted on 08/06/2007 7:59:39 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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I am sure this is happening because they value human life.

2 posted on 08/06/2007 8:03:19 PM PDT by fetal heart beats by 21st day (Defending human life is not a federalist issue-it is the business of all humanity.)
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To: JACKRUSSELL; neverdem; DrDeb; shrinkermd; Calpernia; SJackson; TigerLikesRooster; wagglebee

“...From the period 1999 until 2006, the hospital performed at least 2,000 liver transplants...”

“...According to previous reports, liver organ transplants alone brought the center at least 100 million yuan (USD 13.2 million) in a year...”

DOING THE MATH... If I’m interpreting this right...

divided by 2000
averages $6,600 for liver, surgery and hospital stay?

First, this is surely wholesale atrocity in human trafficking and worse.

Second, this is an interesting baseline as to the hard costs of major surgery where malpractice and other tort issues are not much of a factor.

God help us.

3 posted on 08/06/2007 8:13:14 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance

FEATURE - Keen Demand Fuels Global Trade in Body Parts

4 posted on 08/06/2007 8:25:00 PM PDT by Calpernia (
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To: The Spirit Of Allegiance
In China, many humans are part of disposable resource. That is, if you are not smart or do not have any critical talent or enough money, you are as good as another tree.

Having huge population creates this creeping disregard for human life. It is an old story, exacerbated by the current communist regime.

5 posted on 08/06/2007 8:27:01 PM PDT by TigerLikesRooster (kim jong-il, chia head, ppogri, In Grim Reaper we trust)
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The info I’ve read on this pretty clearly indicates that a major source of these organs are people who do not share the philosophies of the State. They are taken into a police station on a pretext, sentenced to jail, drugged and.........we so happy you functioning so well wif new liver. You like egg loll with lunch?

6 posted on 08/06/2007 8:37:50 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Rembrandt

And the desperate prey on these poor souls. Imagine what an auction it would be if we allowed the selling of organs. I guess it could be what some would call stamping out poverty.

7 posted on 08/06/2007 8:47:34 PM PDT by Snoopers-868th
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To: TigerLikesRooster

I would say leaping, not creeping, disregard for human life...

8 posted on 08/06/2007 8:49:20 PM PDT by The Spirit Of Allegiance (Public Employees: Honor Your Oaths! Defend the Constitution from Enemies--Foreign and Domestic!)
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9 posted on 08/06/2007 10:54:55 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny ( Today is a good day for working on some heavy praying. The world needs God to hear them.)
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"This no pig heart! It veruh good quality human heart! I give you discount..."

Imagine the QA process behind these goods...

10 posted on 08/07/2007 2:42:57 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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