(Minghui.org) “If we want to perform more liver transplants, we need more patients!” exclaimed the head of Shanghai, China's Huashan Hospital surgery department to four young surgeons.

“You all need to improve your liver transplantation skills, so you need to persuade your patients to have liver transplants. Zhongshan Hospital in Guangzhou City has successfully recruited hundreds of patients for liver organ transplantation. You should start recruiting patients as soon as possible!”

The above conversation took place in 2001, in a surgery room at Huashan Hospital. I was working as a nurse trainee at the time, and the director, who was in his fifties, was very well known.

“It's not that we don't want to recruit liver transplantation patients. It's the 500,000 yuan (US$80,530) cost for the operation that scares people off,” explained an assistant.

“Tell these patients that a successful liver transplant can extend their lives by about five years. In this way, they'll feel that it's a worthwhile investment. You need to do a better job at persuading them!” said the director.

“What is the average life expectancy for liver transplant patients?” asked a young doctor.

“Reports from overseas indicate that the majority of patients receiving liver transplants live an additional three to six months,” answered the director. “However, as surgery techniques improve, the time may be extended to five years.”

“If the surgery fails—and if the patient can afford it—we can secure him or her a matched liver within two weeks. Having an ample supply of organs is not the problem; having too few patients, is.”

I recall admiring the doctors for being able to extend a liver patient's life.

However, after I began practicing Falun Gong in 2011, I became aware of the Chinese Communist Party's forced organ harvesting from living Falun Gong practitioners.

That's when I realized that the Huashan Hospital must have been conducting live liver harvesting, as it is virtually impossible to find a matched donor liver within two weeks!