(Minghui.org) In China, doctors are often referred to as “angels in white.” My grandfather was one of a long line of Chinese medicine doctors. Many people in our community thought very highly of him and respected him greatly.

It wasn't much of a surprise that my mother hoped that I would go to medical school and become a doctor as well, continuing the family tradition. I did try, but was unable to make it.

China's medical community has changed significantly over the years, with many doctors no longer considering patient treatment as their top priority. Demanding payoffs and bribes as a precondition for medical care is becoming more and more commonplace.

Yet the doctors' practices in labor camps are even more shocking: the nationwide persecution of Falun Gong has transformed many doctors from “angels in white” to “murderers in white.”

Below are two cases which took place in Wangcun Labor Camp in Shandong Province.

Ms. Gu Jing

Ms. Gu Jing (谷静), 72, lived in the staff residential compound of the Taicheng Petrochemical Company in Tai'an City, Shandong Province. In March 2000 she was sentenced to two years of forced labor for practicing Falun Gong. After being tortured until she was in critical condition, the labor camp decided to release her on medical parole.

The day before her release, she was taken to the infirmary where a doctor gave her an injection of an unknown substance. Soon after, Ms. Gu began to have difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, and severe diarrhea.

The camp authorities were so sure of her eventual fate that they reported her “death” prematurely to the local police department soon afterwards.

Ms. Gu's daughter was totally confused the next day, when she received a visit from a friend who came to comfort her regarding her mother's “passing.” This friend had heard insider information from a relative who worked at the police department, and mistakenly thought that her mother indeed had died from the injection.

Ms. Wang Cuilan

In January 2001 Ms. Wang Cuilan (王翠兰) was sentenced to three years at Wangcun Labor Camp, where she was given unknown substances in addition to being tortured with beatings and forced-feedings. As a result of this treatment, she eventually became mentally ill.

After the labor camp released her in 2003, Ms. Wang often wandered away from home. Consequently, her family had to lock her inside. After spending tens of thousands of yuan and visiting several psychiatric facilities, there was still no improvement. In March 2012, after about 10 years of struggling with mental illness, Ms. Wang Cuilan died at the age of 45.

Psychiatric abuse is only one of the many tortures Falun Gong practitioners are subjected to during the ongoing persecution in China that began in July 1999. Some doctors have even participated in harvesting organs from living practitioners. This accusation first came to light in 2006 and although it is now widely accepted as a fact, its scale is yet to be fully exposed.