On March 5 of this year, media from mainland China promoted China as a
"Global Center for Organ Transplant." Family members of Korean patients
said, "It is not hard to get an organ transplant. The waiting time
after a regular physical checkup is about one week". The medical
practice and theoretical research on liver transplants in mainland
China have not been published in any of the top international medical
journals. One most important reason for this may be that these
researchers cannot declare who the organ donors actually are.
The number of foreigners having organ transplants in China has skyrocketed since 2002
On March 5, 2006, in the focus section, page 19 of Movie, TV and Books Weekly
published by the Changchun Daily Newspaper Group, there was a full page
article entitled, "China has Become the Global Center for Organ
Transplant." The author of the article is a reporter named Zhan Yanhui.
This article mentioned that according to incomplete statistics, over
3000 Koreans have come to China for organ transplants in the past 3
years. China's organ transplant patients from other countries and
regions also numbered over 1000 per year. According to this same
article, the Korean Daily reported that the "Korean Organ
Transplant Association" has conducted a survey on patients who went to
China for transplants. The result shows that in 1999 only two patients
received transplants in China, and in 2000 only one patient received a
transplant. By 2001 four patients had received transplanted organs in
China and that number has sharply increased since 2002.
Executive director of the Korean Organ Transplant Association, He
Zhongyuan, who also works for the Hospital at Seoul National University
of South Korea, pointed out that the number of patients included in the
survey was only "the tip of the iceberg", and the actual numbers might
be much higher.
A director of a hospital in Beijing said, "Korean organ transplant
patients in major hospitals in Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou
number between 70 and 80 per month. If smaller hospitals are also
accounted for, up to 1000 Korean patients have had organ transplant
operations in China annually. This number does not cover the many who
come from Japan, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United States
The article, "China has Become the Global Center for Organ Transplant",
mentioned that Israeli media reported that at present around 30 Israeli
patients go to China for organ transplants per month.
The number of designated beds at the Tianjin Organ Transplant Center have increased
According to the article, the Transplant Department of Tianjin #1
General Hospital is located on the bank of River Jin at southwestern
Tianjin, also known as the Oriental Organ Transplant Center. It can be
claimed as the largest organ transplant center in the world. Nursing
Director Li Lian told the reporter, "The hospital started accepting
large numbers of Korean patients in 2002, resulting in a shortage of
beds in Tianjin #1 General Hospital. The management designated floors
4-7 of the 12-story Hospital building for transplant patients." Besides
that, the Oriental Organ Transplant Center has also borrowed the 8th
floor of the International Cardiovascular Hospital to be used for
Korean patients. Meanwhile it has converted the 24th and 25th floors of
a nearby hotel into wards for patients waiting for transplants. Despite
these efforts, beds are still in short supply. Now the main building of
the Oriental Organ Transplant Center, constructed by the Hospital, is
about to be completed. It has 500 more beds and is expected to open its
doors sometime in May, 2006.
According to the article, public statistics show that the number of
patients going to this hospital from China and abroad has risen
sharply. Most of them come from nearly 20 countries and regions,
including Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Egypt, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia,
Oman, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao. The cafeteria on the 4th floor of
the Hospital has become an "international conference club" with
patients of different races sharing their experiences of medical
Patients claim that the organs in China are "in abundant supply" and
"of excellent quality." The article states that, "China has become the
Global Center for Organ Transplant." On December 17, 2005, 4 days after
liver transplant surgery, a Korean patient told a reporter that in
Korea, it is very difficult to obtain an organ for transplant. However,
by the end of 2004, the Oriental Organ Transplant Center had performed
1500 liver transplants, around 800 kidney transplants, as well as
numerous cornea transplants. In the year 2004 alone, the Center has
performed around 900 liver and kidney transplants. By December 16,
2005, 597 cases of liver transplants alone had been performed there.
However, by December 30, the number had risen to 650, indicating that
53 cases were performed in two weeks. Family members of patients
revealed that as many as 24 liver and kidney transplants were performed
in one day.
The article mentioned that a family member of a Korean patient told the
reporter, "The most important thing is that there is no such "abundant
source" of livers in Korea. In Korea, patients can only have a
partial-liver transplant, while in mainland China, they can get a
complete liver transplant. What's more, the quality of organs are said
to be "excellent".
The organs are immediately available but the source of "donors" is questionable
According to the above referenced article, a family member of a Korean
patient said that it is not hard to wait for an organ transplant in
Tianjin; the waiting period after a regular physical checkup is only
about one week.
At the 4th-floor cafeteria of Tianjin #1 General Hospital, some family
members of patients often get together to exchange information. They
have heard that most "donors" are between twenty and thirty years old,
but the exact identity of these "donors" are not traceable.
An anonymous doctor in the Hospital revealed to the reporter that the
majority of donors are "prisoners who have death sentences." The
donors' cause of death are all "acute brain injuries" on registration
forms of organ donors that the Hospital provides to patients after they
are discharged. Shen Zhongyang of the Oriental Organ Transplant Center
neither confirmed nor denied this when asked by the reporter. The
article states that the extensive medical practice and theoretical
research of liver transplant in mainland China has not appeared in any
top international medical journals. The reason for this is thought to
be that the authors of these research papers in mainland China cannot
identify the "donors" of organs being transplanted.
In traditional Chinese culture, a corpse needs to be kept whole. Even
after execution of criminals where organs may have been damaged, the
body parts have to be buried together. How many people die of "acute
brain injury" in mainland China annually? How many family members of
executed prisoners are willing to donate or sell the organs? In
mainland China, even with a person's consent to donate organs after
death, family members will oppose this strongly and thus they are not
likely to keep the promise after death. Where on earth do so many live
"donors" mentioned in the article come from? Doesn't the recent
addition of 500 beds in the new Oriental Organ Transplant Center
building imply that there is a need for a great number of "donors"?
Where do the "donors" come from?
Witness claims that numerous organs are removed from live-bodies at Sujiatun Concentration Camp in Shenyang City
Since the recent exposure of the existence of the Sujiatun
Concentration Camp, a staff member who had worked at the Camp claims
that the Concentration Camp is located at Liaoning Province Thrombus
Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine in Sujiatun,
Shenyang City. Around six thousand Falun Gong practitioners have been
secretly detained there since 2001 and no one has come out alive.
Numerous criminal cases of removing organs such as kidneys, livers and
corneas from the live bodies of Falun Gong practitioners have taken
place in the Hospital. Right after the forced organ removal, the
live-bodies of Falun Gong practitioners have been cremated secretly in
a cremator converted from a water heater room.
According to the witness, most Falun Gong practitioners here have been
transferred from Dabei Prison, Masanjia Labor Camp and other prisons in
Shenyang. Some practitioners were illegally arrested
from parks and homes. Formal certificates of arrest for practitioners
of Falun Gong were never issued at the time of the arrest and family
members are not aware of the situation. Some practitioners are even
anonymous. Some of these arrested Falun Gong practitioners were
physically weak and some were strong. Some previously healthy Falun
Gong practitioners were secretly injected with certain drugs for mental
illness, causing disorientation. They are then transferred to Sujiatun
to suffer more torture until their organs are removed. They are finally
cremated to get rid of evidence.
This witness said that due to the CCP's policy of "No consequences if
Falun Gong practitioners are beaten to death", the death of Falun Gong
practitioners is not an important issue in CCP prisons. The medical
workers are told that these practitioners died because of killing
others or were about to die because of going astray in practice. Thus
the medical staff do not have much moral concern when removing organs.
Witness claims the large scale live-organ removal is a "national crime"
The witness said that a kidney can sell for between US$30,000 to
US$100,000 and the trade is highly profitable. The profiteers are not
limited to high-level hospital staff and the Health Department
officials of the CCP. This is a national crime with group involvement
and profiting by government officials, doctors and organ traders.
Because no one has come out alive since 2001, three-quarters of the six
thousand or-so Falun Gong practitioners have died after their hearts,
kidney, cornea and skin were removed, and their bodies destroyed.
This former Hospital staff member is living outside of China. One of
her relatives was a surgeon who removed organs from Falun Gong
practitioners. She believes that there are around two thousand Falun
Gong practitioners hidden in the Hospital. She is afraid that the CCP
authorities will destroy evidence and silence the witnesses by killing