Investigation Lead: Multiple Kidney Transplants with Unknown Donors at the No. 1 Hospital Affiliated with Jilin University
This article was first published in May 2009.
(Minghui.org) The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (CIPFG) collects information from those willing to come forward and report what they have witnessed. CIPFG asks people who know the truth to further expose the crimes concerning illegal organ harvesting in China. We call on all kindhearted people of conscience to lend your help in exposing the facts of this vicious persecution of Falun Gong practitioners inside the secret concentration camps, forced labor camps, prisons and hospitals in Mainland China. The sooner this atrocity is fully exposed, the sooner this brutal persecution will end. Below is information that has recently come to light.
Investigation lead: multiple kidney transplants recently completed at the No. 1 Hospital Affiliated with Jilin University; donors unknown
It is common knowledge that an organ considered for transplant must be of matching tissue type between donor and recipient. (In developed countries such as the U.S., the waiting time for a prospective transplant patient is several years, sometimes as long as ten years).
It was recently reported that multiple kidney transplant surgeries were performed at the No. 1 Hospital affiliated with Jilin University in Changchun, Jilin Province. Two transplants were done each day in early March 2009, which is cause for concern.
According to one patient's family, it took less than two months to find a matching kidney, and to carry out the surgery. The patient has been discharged, and the surgery was successful. The doctor stated many people are presently waiting for kidney transplants, and the hospital's schedule is full.
One patient is a 32-year-old man named Xiao Ke who works for the Jingyue Group at the Changchun City Police Department Traffic Division. He was diagnosed with uremia at the No. 1 Hospital affiliated with Jilin University right before the 2009 Chinese New Year. The doctor told him he would die if he didn't receive a kidney transplant. His family agreed to a transplant. A matching kidney was found in less than one month. The patient underwent weekly dialysis in the interim. Less than two months after his initial diagnosis, he underwent successful transplant surgery. His family went through connections and obtained the kidney for him and refused to reveal the details.
The time frame for another kidney transplant at this hospital is similar.
Xiao Ke's background: Xiao Ke's father Xiao Fangzhong is 61 and is nicknamed "Rat Xiao." He was a former deputy head at the Changchun City Police Department's Politics Division. He is one of the main perpetrators responsible for orchestrating the persecution of Falun Gong at that department between July 20, 1999 and 2002. He was implicated in a major corruption case in 2002 and admitted to a bribe, getting a three bedroom, two living rooms apartment. Because he was the protégé of Tian Zhonglin, the former Changchun City Police Department head, he was transferred to the position of deputy head of the Changchun City Civil Administration Bureau. He retired in 2008.
Another patient who received a kidney is a 17-year-old girl. The donor is also unknown, and the surgery was successful.
According to a doctor at the No. 1 Hospital affiliated with Jilin University, the head surgeons in these kidney transplants have performed the same procedure for more than ten officers from the Changchun City Police Department in the past four years, but he refused to provide information regarding the source of the organs.
Three doctors are capable of performing kidney transplant at this hospital: professor Fu Yaowen, associate professor Zhou Honglan, and associate professor Song Zhiyu.
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Investigation lead: organ transplants using unknown donors may still be happening in Yantai City, Shandong Province
It was recently learned that a patient from Shandong Province was planning to receive a liver transplant before May 1, 2009. When asked how to obtain a matching liver, his family said they have ways, and if they didn't prepare for it in these few days, they would run out of time. If they couldn't do it in Yantai, Shandong, they would go to Tianjin City. Other patient families also have similar experiences and stated, "The outcome is pretty good." They are not worried about finding a matching organ donor, either.
A liver transplant requires a higher degree of medical skills and equipment than a kidney procedure. Only two hospitals are capable of performing liver transplant in Yantai, Shandong: the No. 107 Hospital, and the Liuhuangding Hospital.
Investigation lead: why is it so easy to get organs in Mainland China? Who are the donors?
One of my relatives was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2007. His friend advised him to get a liver transplant. The friend said his relative works at the Chongqing City Party School and has access to liver sources; that it would also be cheaper to get it through his relative.
My relative did not want to get a transplant. He was told at the hospital that his condition was unsuitable for a liver transplant. But I always wondered: are they still harvesting organs from living Falun Gong practitioners?
Recently I heard a friend saying her brother-in-law was diagnosed with liver cancer last year, and he underwent liver transplant surgery at a medical school in Chongqing in July 2008, which cost him more than 500,000 Yuan [$73,242 USD]. Two other liver cancer patients received new livers at the same time as him, and all three surgeries were successful.
I was sad when I heard this. When I had previously heard of various kinds of transplants, I didn't pay much attention; none of us ever thought about where the organs came from. When the Communist Party's crime of harvesting Falun Gong practitioners' organs was exposed in March 2006, I suddenly connected all the dots, and I was sad and angry. Even more shocking is that it is still extremely easy three years later to get organs in China. Where do the organs come from? It makes one suspect that the live organ harvesting of Falun Gong practitioners is still happening in China.