An article entitled "Life-Saving Kidney Lands in Island-City" from December 27, 2006, was published on page A9 of Peninsula Metropolitan News in Qingdao City, Shandong Province. The article did not mention the source of the kidney with blood type O, except a brief sentence, "a hospital in northeast China provided the matching kidney." Only 16 days elapsed between a patient having been diagnosed with uremia and completion of a kidney transplant, including the time it took to find and transport the originally scarce kidney for blood type O. The "miraculous speed" further validates the existence of nationwide live organ banks.

Investigation lead: organs of suspicious origin transplanted at the Xiangfan City Central Hospital in Xiangfan City, Hubei Province

An article entitled "Good Kidney in a Family Member Means More Than Love" published on November 28, 2006 on the upper right corner of the city news page in the 54th edition of Chutian Metropolitan News in Hubei Province reports the story of 51 year-old Ms. Yang Xinxiu who donated a kidney to her 28-year-old son at Xiangfan City Central Hospital.

The article also says, "Kidney transplant is 'nothing special' for the Urology Department at this hospital [Xiangfan City Central Hospital]. Shi Hongbo, head of the Urology Department, claims more than 180 kidney transplants have been performed at the hospital, although family donation accounts for only five of the surgeries...Statistics show donating a kidney among family members is a widespread practice in foreign countries. "they make up 25% kidney transplants in the U.S., 40% in Norway, 85% in Turkey, but only 2% in our country. The percentage in Xiangfan City is below the national average." (Liu Shangkun is the correspondent and Zhu Xiaomin is the reporter).

Judging from the current trend, according to media reports, if every family organ donation is made widely known, it should be even more for the donation from strangers. However, among the total 180 kidney transplants performed at the Xiangfan City Central Hospital, only five of them were between family members; the remaining 175 are rarely reported. This anomaly is enough to raise suspicion that the organs do not come from voluntary donation but from forced extraction.

Liu Shangkun: correspondent for the Chutian Metropolitan News, 86-710-3668119