Suspicious Physical Examinations at Shanghai Women’s Prison in 2003
(Minghui.org) I am a Falun Gong practitioner who was detained for three-and-a-half years, from 2001 to 2004, in the Shanghai Women’s Prison. Looking back at occurrences there after learning about the government-sanctioned organ harvesting, I recall there being a suspicious and thorough physical examination of all Falun Gong practitioners.
In the first half of 2003, the prison suddenly announced that all the detained Dafa practitioners would have a physical examination. Four large buses were parked outside the gate where we were detained, and the buses were full of advanced medical equipment.
There were five wards in Shanghai Women's Prison. The practitioners were lined up for the physical, and only one at a time was taken into the bus. Guards were monitoring the line as the practitioners were entering and leaving the buses.
We were examined from top to bottom, including our eyes and height. They took blood and urine samples and did gynecological exams. They also did ultrasounds to check the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys. They took large blood samples. When I was getting an ultrasound, the doctor doing the test looked a little surprised.
He immediately called in several doctors, along with guards. As they were whispering, I heard someone say, “This gallbladder is no good. It's full of stones, it's useless.” They asked me if I felt anything around my gallbladder. I said I felt nothing. They looked at each other and did not say a word.
A guard commented, “Look how good the government treats you Falun Gong. The government is providing you with a comprehensive exam. Only the practitioners are getting such treatment. We don’t even get them.”
About 100 practitioners were detained in the prison, and the examinations continued for several days. The doctors arrived with the buses. We didn’t know where they came from. The doctors only communicated with the guards. We were under surveillance and were not allowed to talk to each other.
We were not aware at that time that the Chinese Communist Party was harvesting organs from practitioners. We did note, however, that some practitioners--who were not Shanghai residents and had refused to provide their names and were referred to by badge numbers--disappeared after the physical exam. We thought they were transferred to another facility. We realize now that they may have been killed for their organs.
I recall that the guard asked me to have my eyes tested again. I wondered why. My eyes were fine. But they accused me of requesting it, saying, “Didn’t you say you wanted to get an eye exam?” I denied it, and they didn't reply.
They forced me to wait outside the prison gate for a car to pick me up. The car did not come. In the meantime, I kept repeating, “Why are you taking me for more tests? I don’t need an exam; my eyes are fine.” They stood there and said nothing. Twenty minutes later, the car had not shown up, and they reluctantly took me back into the prison.