(Minghui.org) “About five years ago a whole cluster of them [patients]went off to China together and returned with transplanted kidneys. The donors were convicts about to be executed and the blood and tissue types had already been matched.”
This is what Nephrologist Dr. David Goodman from Melbourne, Australia told a reporter from Fairfax Media, one of Australia's largest media companies, during a recent interview.
What Dr. Goodman said indirectly showed that there is a bank of live, involuntary “donors” whose organs are earmarked for harvesting. The number vastly exceeds that of Chinese convicted of capital crimes and awaiting execution.
The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald , two Melbourne newspapers published an article written by Mandy Sayer on October 5, 2013.
The article states that, “Today there are about 1600 people on the donor waiting list in Australia, yet in 2010 there were only 13.8 donors per million people.”
According to the article this mainly has to do with Australia's national situation. Australia is a culturally diverse country, different communities have different life styles and religious beliefs. The article gave examples such as, “Muslims don't like to donate or receive organs. Neither do indigenous Australians and some parts of the Jewish community.”
The article said that the average waiting time for a kidney transplant in Australia is four years. “The reason why the kidney transplant list is so long, is because dialysis can keep patients alive indefinitely, while those diagnosed with heart, liver, or pancreatic failure don't have any form of life support and many will die waiting for a donor,” said nephrologist Dr. David Goodman, of St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne.
Patients Travel to China for Kidney Transplants
While patients wait for organs to be available for them, rumors circulated that they can quickly get matched organs in China.
The reporter from Fairfax Media asked Dr. Goodman about organ tourism, if he “ has ever had dialysis patients disappear, only to reappear two weeks later with a scar on their torsos.”
"Multiple times," Dr. Goodman said. "About five years ago a whole cluster of them went off to China together and returned with transplanted kidneys. The donors were convicts about to be executed and the blood and tissue types had already been matched."
Dr. Goodman added, "I have strong objections to organ tourism. The donors feel abused. There's no follow-up care in China, and other countries. The patients only get five days' worth of medicine after the operation so they fly back to Australia and get a cab straight from the airport to the emergency room."
Kevin Green, Victorian chairman of Transplant Australia is also a kidney patient. He had to wait on dialysis for eight years before receiving a kidney in 2009.
When the reporter asked him if he ever considered organ tourism during his long wait, he admitted he had. "After about five years on dialysis I'd almost had it and was tempted to go to China."
But then he changed his mind. "First of all, the fee was $25,000 upfront. It's only an option for the rich. And secondly, if your body rejects that organ you can never get back on the transplant list in Australia," he said.
Australian patients never realized that they are becoming customers of “killing on demand” of prisoners for their organs. The Chinese regime executes 2000 to 3000 prisoners on death row each year. Their published data show that in 2005, there were 20,000 organ transplants; in 2008, there were 86,800 kidney transplants, 14,643 liver transplants, far more than the number of death row inmates.
Where did these large numbers of organs come from?
Australia's News Weekly published a commentary article written by Jeffry Babb on May 11, 2013. The title of the article is “Human Rights: China's grisly organ theft: their crime, our shame.”
The article pointed out, “No one leaves this butcher’s shop alive; that’s why no one talks about it. Nobody knows how many of China’s Falun Gong practitioners have been subject to “involuntary organ-harvesting.”
Mr. Babb said, “Why do we know this is happening? First, we have reliable reports that it is going on. Second, China is offering transplant services which can only be supplied if the donors are 'slaughtered to order'.”
Professor Maria Fiatarone Singh, professor of Medicine, Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Sydney, and a contributor to State Organs:Transplant Abuse in China, said, “Killing someone to sell their organs for transplantation... is a violation of the most basic human right – the right to life itself.”