Rush to transplant organs in China after organ-harvesting operations exposed in March

GRUESOME DEATH: Falun Gong practitioners act out a scene of organ harvesting from their fellow practitioners in China.

Again and again, recorded phone conversations between medical staff in Chinese hospitals and ostensible transplant seekers share a theme: We have many good organs but you have to hurry—the supply will dry up soon.

Again and again, the hospital officials confirm that the donors are Falun Gong practitioners, who are said to be healthier than most people. The employees can't say exactly why or where or how they get this abundant supply; that is sensitive information. It is arranged through an official supply channel.

World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) researchers made and recorded calls to hospitals throughout China, including to Nanjing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Wuhan, and more. Reporters from Sound of Hope Radio and The Epoch Times have also called, with consistent results.

Living Falun Gong Practitioners Confirmed as Suppliers

A typical conversation was this dialogue between a WOIPFG caller and the Zhongshan Hospital affiliated with Fudan University in Shanghai:

Q: But I have to have a fresh and healthy kidney! And it should be alive. You are not going to give me a kidney from a dead person, are you?

A: Of course we will give you a good kidney, how come we give you a bad one?

Q: …Do you have the ones from people who practice Falun Gong? I heard what they provide are very good ones.

A: All that we have here are of this kind.

In early March a Chinese journalist exposed the practice of organ harvesting from living Falun Gong detainees in Sujiatun Hospital, Shenyang City. Soon after, the ex-wife of a surgeon who had extracted organs from living Falun Gong practitioners in Sujiatun revealed more details. Then a Chinese military doctor corroborated their accounts, adding that the practice of forced organ donations from living Falun Gong practitioners was widespread and sanctioned by the Chinese Communist Party.

At Tongji Hospital in Wuhan City, the caller was assured of the wholesomeness of the donor:

Q: …Live transplant; for example, use organs from live people who practice Falun Gong?

A: Sure.

Q: At your place, for example, prisoners, can you guarantee enough such live suppliers as people practicing Falun Gong?

A: Yes, sure! When it's a time for you, you can come over and discuss the details.

Vague About the Supply Chain

When hospital employees were asked to explain the source of the organs, the Qianfoshan Liver Transplant Center in Shandong Province responded:

Q: Do you have the kidney from those who practice Falun Gong, one that's free from any illness?

A: Well... We will definitely have a lot of suppliers like that in April. The number of those suppliers is gradually increasing.

Q: Why you have more suppliers in April?

A: I cannot tell you that because this involves... I didn't say… Anyway, there is no need to explain to you about this question. This question can't be explained.

The Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University was not quite as circumspect:

WOIPFG broadcasts tape recordings of witnesses' testimonials

A: We must keep the organ source a secret. It's a little different, and we cannot casually advertise. If the circumstances permit, we do. We can try our best to come up with a way to work with them, ask them to do their best to provide us with kidneys. It requires an opportunity…

Q: Why do you have to keep the supplier source a secret? Are you afraid he is not willing to donate it?

A: Yes! Such a circumstance is relatively rare. Would someone sell their organ to you for a few hundred thousand Yuan? Would you be willing to sell your kidney for a few hundred thousand Yuan to whoever want to pay? You wouldn't! Right?

Q: Aren't there people in the streets who sell [their organs] because their families are too poor? Is it that this type of organ is unsafe?

A: No, that won't work. That's not protected by law! The law doesn't permit it, [the law] doesn't allow organ sales.

Q: What if he donates his organs?

A: No, donation doesn't work, either; it's impossible for someone to donate for free.

Q: But the organs you get aren't for free, either? (Of course not!) You will still have to match the type, how much one should pay?

A: Tens of thousands of Yuan.

Available Now, But Only for a Limited Time

Patients in the United States may wait years for a transplant. Things move much more quickly at No. 463 Hospital of the Liberation Army (Shenyang City):

Q: Do you do kidney transplants?

A: Yes, we do.

Q: Is it the organ transplant from live bodies?

A: They are kidneys from prisoners.

Q: Is it after they are shot dead or is it…

A: They are usually like that… (She asks someone: Aren't they live bodies?) Usually, our kidneys can be transplanted within 24 hours…

Q: How many transplants? As many as over 1,000?

A: That's for sure; we've been doing it for quite a few years. We do at least a few hundred transplants each year. (Right now) there are lots of patients in our section.

Q: So how long does it take for you to do the tissue match?

A: It depends. Sometimes it takes only one week to find a matching tissue. Q: …So are these live suppliers healthy?

A: Oh, that… It should be fine; because before that we also do… we draw blood and run tests on the supplier.

A staff member of the Tiexi Hospital of Anshan Steel Company in Anshan City described how organs are used about two hours after they're received, and added, "We do about 40 or 50 transplants a year and have been doing it for more than two years. We cut it from the supplier alive."

Several doctors at the many hospitals reached said they were working extra shifts because the supply of donors will be greatly reduced after May. On March 27 the Ministry of Health published "Interim Regulation for Human Organ Transplant Practice." It is more restrictive than current laws. It takes effect July 1.

Searching for Evidence

Tours by U.S. consular officials of the hospital in Sujiatun, where the organ harvesting was first exposed, produced no evidence. The tours were taken weeks after the initial report, giving officials time to clean up before inspection.

The Falun Dafa Information Center reports on line that an international team is readying to go to China to investigate the mounting evidence that Falun Gong practitioners are being killed for their organs.

The Coalition to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong in China (CIPFG) is an international coalition of organizations with members from North America, Europe, and Australia. The team will include media, non-profit organization personnel, and legal professionals. Led by the Falun Dafa Association and MingHui website researchers, the team hopes to investigate medical facilities across China that conduct organ transplants.

As quoted in the FDI report, Coalition spokesperson Dr. Sherry Zhang said, "We have very specific and extensive information on labor and concentration camps throughout China. If the leadership of the Chinese Communist regime is at all sincere about investigating these atrocities, it will allow us into the country and guarantee our safety. The situation right now could not be more urgent."

Apr 20,2006
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