How Does China Source Thousands of Organs With Only a Few Voluntary Donors?

People asked those experienced organ transplant experts from China an important question — where are the organs from? How are they sourced?  (Image:  Global Panorama via   flickr /  CC BY-SA 2.0)
People asked those experienced organ transplant experts from China an important question — where are the organs from? How are they sourced? (Image: Global Panorama via flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Recently, an international organ transplant conference was held in Hong Kong. At the conference, China boasted about its achievements over the last 20 years in organ transplants. They sent over 53 doctors with their papers, new technology, and their achievements to the conference.

However, there are reasons behind those large numbers of organ transplants, such as kidneys, lungs, livers, etc. People asked those experienced organ transplant experts from China an important question — where are the organs from? How are they sourced?

The Transplantation Society has passed a resolution that no executed prisoners’ organs should be used, as it is inhuman and immoral to kill such prisoners for their organs. But there is still the question of where the organs come from.

China carries out around 2,000 executions a year. That is far from the figure disclosed in their medical papers and from what they are proud of in their progress in handling the numbers of organ transplants. Second, in China, not many people are willing to donate their organs.

It is against Chinese traditions to take organs from a person who is going to die. Traditionally, the body needs to be complete when buried. So there are not many volunteer organ donors because of this. According to government statistics, until 2001 there were about 627 volunteer organ donors.

In most Western countries, if a patient has an organ transplant, they will receive details about who the organ came from, and sometimes the patient might send a thank you note to the family of the donor. Apart from that, the waiting list for an organ is about one year to two years or longer.

They put out ads that their organ transplants are very efficient, with a short waiting time, a more reasonable price than most Western countries, and they have experienced doctors with 5 to 10 years experience in organ transplants.

Chinese doctors, having basic human morality, would know where the organs come from; they just pretend not to know as they don’t want to face the reality of the situation.

They know where the organs are from, and silently they take organs from those whose belief is not within the Communist Party’s doctrine. Most are Falun Gong practitioners. There is lots of evidence about this today, as most medical journals and their annual work reports disclose how many organ transplants they have done.

Just for one military hospital in Beijing, called the 309 hospital located in the western suburbs of Beijing, in 2002 they set up the first center for organ transplants. Since then, it has been running for 3 years as the number one hospital in performing kidney and liver transplants.

The director of the research center of organ transplants, Professor Shi Binyi, came to Hong Kong for the international organ transplant meeting. He was very arrogant when he was being questioned about how the organs were sourced for so many transplants.

It is under him that the 309 hospital set up the organ transplant team with 231 doctors and researchers. One of their reports stated how busy they were in performing so many transplants.

In May 2008, they performed 12 kidney transplants in one night, and on another night in Dec. 2012, they performed 13 kidney transplants. The Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation reports that a kidney transplant requires around a 3-week stay in hospital, but in China, you only have to stay for one week.

The head of surgery in this hospital, Qian Yong, performed 2,000 kidney transplants before 2013. Another expert, Shi Binyi, has done over 2,130 kidney transplants. This is just one hospital and two of its organ transplant doctors. With such a huge number of organ transplants, they make a huge profit from sourcing prisoners’ organs.

You need to think about the question if you had to get an organ transplant done and found out the organ came from an innocent person, a prisoner of conscience, could you live with that?

If you find yourself needing an organ transplant and you decide to go to China or other Asian country, you have a moral obligation to find out where the organ comes from.

Written by Ming Yue.

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