The human rights abuses in China are numerous, and a recent undercover investigation of one of the country’s premier hospitals may have uncovered another.
Epoch Times, an international news site based in New York that focuses on human rights issues in China news, recently began digging into Tianjin First Central Hospital’s well-known organ transplant practice and discovered that the medical facility isn’t telling the truth about where it gets all of its organs for transplant.
Based on the investigation, some speculate that tens of thousands of people may have been killed so that the hospital could sell and transplant the organs for a profit.
According to the report, officials say the organs come only from formally executed prisoners.
“In Tianjin, that would be about 40 executions a year—a number derived from calculating the city’s population against the national death row total,” according to the report. “But at Tianjin First Central, the number of transplants is off the charts.”
The organs could not have come from volunteer donors because China only very recently began its organ donation system, according to the news outlet.
From the late 1990s to 2003 alone, Dr. Shen Zhongyang, who is hailed as the pioneer of China’s growing organ transplant system, performed about 1,000 liver transplants at the hospital, according to a report by the Tianjin municipal government, the investigation found.
The report continues:
Official numbers from the hospital are scarce, but penetrating that secrecy makes clear that Tianjin First Central Hospital, one of the busiest and most acclaimed in the country, for years having enjoyed extensive official backing, transplanted many times more organs than a supply of executed prisoners could support. Moreover, it appears to have transplanted many times more organs than it says it did.
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In a detailed study of its activities based on publicly available documents, Epoch Times found sufficient evidence to throw into great doubt, if not demolish entirely, the official narrative of organ sourcing in China. This is simply due to the number of transplants: they are far too high.
…This issue has largely been dodged by luminaries in the international medical community. But the circumstantial evidence bolstering the alternative explanation—organized mass murder of prisoners of conscience, using the tools of medicine, in the service of profit, by the world’s most populous nation—continues to grow, and with it frustration among doctors that nothing is being done.
The lengthy investigative report pointed to evidence that the organs may come from Falun Gong prisoners in China. The 2014 book “The Slaughter” by Ethan Gutmann, alleges that China is persecuting and mass killing members of the religious group, possibly harvesting their organs and selling them for profit.
Another frightening detail from the investigation says Shen’s techniques are “consisted with live or close-to-live harvesting from donors.”
The Chinese government appears to be heavily invested in the practice. In December 2003, a local governing body spent about $20 million to construct a 17-story organ transplant building for the Tianjin hospital as its organ transplant program began increasing rapidly, the report states.
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