Huaxi Hospital’s Organ Transplant Practices Raise Red Flags

July 01, 2015 | By a Falun Gong practitioner in China

(Minghui.org) Evidence of the Chinese Communist Party’s involvement in harvesting organs from living prisoners of conscience was first disclosed in 2006. Although the international community has condemned this atrocity, China is still considered one of the world’s top transplant tourism destinations.

The following are a few of the many suspicious organ transplant surgeries that were performed at the Huaxi Hospital in Sichuan Province, China after 2006.

Three Donor Livers Become Available Within 60 Days

The Chengdu Business Daily in China earlier this month carried a series of articles on the plight of Liu Shengping, a music teacher at Chengdu College of Arts and Science.

He was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and had waited in a local hospital for nearly 60 days for a liver transplant.

However, when doctors made two livers available to him, on two separate occasions, he was unable to come up with the requisite 300,000 yuan (about $48,000 US) to cover the costs of his liver transplantation.

Having lost all hope of ever being able to afford the operation that would save his life, he gave his students “one last lesson.”

When news of his heartfelt story began to go viral, donations started to pour in. On June 3, 2015 a donor liver had suddenly become available, and a successful liver transplantation was performed on the morning of June 4.

The Chengdu Business Daily did not bother to mention the source of the first two livers, nor how it was possible that all three livers had mysteriously become available within a short two-month period.

However, the newspaper did reveal the source of the third liver, saying, “On June 3, a liver donor was transported from Beijing to the hospital where Liu Shengping had been staying, arriving at 1:50 a.m. Was this the opportunity that Mr. Lui had been waiting for?”

“The doctor on duty explained: ‘The donor was a 31-year-old man who had just died from a stroke. When we checked on the health of his liver, we found that all medical parameters were within normal range. Thus, we concluded that he would make a suitable donor for Mr. Liu’s liver transplant surgery. We went ahead and scheduled the operation for the next morning.’”

The article did not mention the doctor’s name or his position at the hospital, nor did it give any details about the donor, such as his name and occupation; the time of his stroke and eventual death; the time of the transplant operation; how the hospital had been able to quickly ascertain that the donor was a perfect match for Mr. Lui; the procedure that the hospital followed to ensure that the donor had indeed willingly donated his organs to humanity, and whether he was conscious when he arrived at the hospital.

Finding a Liver Within Two Days

The Tianfu Morning newspaper reported on a three-day liver transplantation that had involved eight professors and eight nurses at the Huaxi Liver Transplant Center in Huaxi Hospital, from September 12 to 14, 2006. The first transplant of its kind had been performed there in 2005, and had been hailed a complete success.

Huang Fuyu volunteered to donate a portion of her liver to her husband, Lan Siquan, who had been suffering from an acute case of cirrhosis of the liver.

The couple had entered Huaxi Hospital on September 5, 2006. However, when doctors reviewed the results of Huang’s physical exam on September 10, they concluded that although her liver was very healthy, it was small. Thus, removing too much of it from her body would likely put her life at risk.

“Thus, after many rounds of discussions,” the newspaper reported, “the Liver Transplant Center in Huaxi Hospital decided to perform a challenging multi-liver transplantation.”

“Fortunately, the center managed to find a suitable volunteer donor within two days of the couple’s scheduled surgeries. The husband and wife bid farewell to each other from their gurneys, and the doctors successfully performed the transplantations.”

The article failed to address the unlikelihood of the hospital finding a suitable, healthy volunteer donor within such a short span of time; nor did it provide any pertinent information about the donor, such as his name, place of residence, and cause of death.

It makes one wonder if this “volunteer” donor had actually come from a large organ bank of people who are being systematically killed in order to fuel China’s international organ trade.

Conflicting Evidence Regarding Lung Transplantation

The Yanzhao Metropolitan News on September 12, 2007, reprinted an article from Chengdu Daily, titled, “The first successful whole lung transplantation.”

The article states, “A reporter from Chengdu Daily attended a press conference held at Huaxi Hospital and found that doctors there had performed China’s first successful whole-lung transplant on August 8, 2007.”

The patient, 38-year-old Huang Yisheng, had been employed at a Shannxi City coal mine for 17 years. One day in December 2006, he collapsed while working and was taken to a local hospital. Several doctors diagnosed him with severe pulmonary fibrosis and pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease—caused by inhaling excessive amounts of coal dust.

An investigative journalist had called Huaxi Hospital and asked a doctor about lung transplantation. The doctor explained, “Since the lung is a respiratory organ connected directly to the heart, lung transplantation is by far the most difficult organ transplant to perform.”

When the journalist asked for the name of the surgeon who had performed Huang’s organ transplantation, the doctor became very evasive.

The article also mentioned that all of the transplantation surgeons at Huaxi Hospital were taught how to perform surgery on animals.

So when did these Chinese surgeons first begin to perform human organ transplants, and how long have they been performing experimental human lung transplants?

The article did note that another hospital in China had previously performed a successful half-lung transplantation, but it did not mention if this same type of transplantation had been carried out at Huaxi Hospital.

However, if China’s first whole-lung transplantation was indeed performed at Huaxi Hospital—as the article claims it was—then why wasn’t there any mention of any half-lung transplants being performed there?

How did the main transplantation surgeon, Liu Lunxu, manage to successfully perform a whole-lung transplantation without prior experience in half-lung transplants?

Is it possible that the hospital is covering up the fact that it has been performing half-lung transplants, and possibly whole-lung transplants, for quite some time now?

A few days after the Yanzhao Metropolitan News article first appeared, an investigative journalist posing as a prospective donor recipient called the hospital and asked a doctor on duty, “Where do you manage to find matching donor lungs, and in record time, too?” The doctor replied, “You should just concern yourself with coming up with the money for the surgery. We have donors.”

When the journalist asked, “When did your hospital first begin to perform experimental transplants on humans, and what is your success rate?” The doctor answered, “These are sensitive questions. I cannot answer your questions. All I can say is please don’t worry.”

From the doctor’s own words, one can easily see that the source of the hospital’s organs is questionable, at best.

Also, a hospital would not advertise its lung-transplantation services if its surgeons’ skills and techniques were not up to par.

That being so, it is likely that Huaxi Hospital has been secretly performing whole-lung transplants for many years now.

The Huaxi Hospital website states that in 2006, “140 liver transplants were performed within the past four years under the direction of Dr. Yan Lunan at the Huaxi Liver Transplantation Center. Among these cases, only seven donors were family members.”

Assuming that these figures are correct, is it possible that at least some of those 140 livers had come from Falun Gong practitioners, who are being routinely persecuted by the Chinese regime for their faith?

A lot of hard evidence indicates that this may be so.

Chinese version available

Category: Organ Harvesting

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Chinese Military Hospitals Involved in Forced Organ Harvesting

Investigative report compiles evidence

By Michelle Yu
Epoch Times Staff


Map of China showing regions where staff admitted during phone calls that organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners was taking place. (‘Bloody Harvest’ report, Kilgour-Matas)

An investigative report detailing Chinese military hospitals’ involvement in forced organ harvesting has been finalized by the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), a U.S.-based non-profit organization.

First drafted April 28, 2008, the report outlines evidence compiled over the past three years. It concludes that China’s military hospitals have harvested organs from Falun Gong practitioners detained in jails, labor camps and others facilities, to support China’s lucrative organ transplant business. The report says the organs are sold to patients from China and aboard.

Among the evidence compiled in the report are statistics previously published on Chinese hospital websites, recorded conversations with hospital staff, and eye witnesses’ accounts. More than 30 military hospitals and armed police hospitals from all over China were named in the report.

One medical facility named by the report is the Hepatobiliary Surgery Center of the Fuzhou General Hospital of Nanjing Military Command. The hospital’s official website said the center conducted more than 150 liver transplants, six simultaneous liver-kidney transplants, and six pancreas-kidney transplants between 1999 and April 2008. In September 2004, the hospital conducted Asia’s first pancreas-kidney-liver transplant.

WOIPFG cited another investigative report, put together by Canadian MP and former Secretary of State David Kilgour and Canadian human rights attorney David Matas, which highlighted the abundance of organ sources. An Asian patient, Mr. H.X., told the two investigators about his two transplant trips to Shanghai. On his first trip in September 2003, four kidneys freshly taken from the suppliers’ bodies were transported to his hospital for cross-match testing during his two-week stay, and all four failed the test. On his second trip in March 2004, four more kidneys were tested to finally find a match. The Fuzhou General Hospital’s Dr. Tan Jianming was in charge of the operation.

“Mr. H.X.’s wife saw around 20 sheets of papers with relevant info of organ suppliers and their HLA info,” the Kilgour-Matas reportsays. “The doctor [Tan] picked a few from the list and put them in order … The residents [doctors] told Mr. H.X. that the organ came from an unwilling executed prisoner.”

Wait times for matching organs are typically very short in these hospitals, according to the WOIPFG report. Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, one of the largest and most well-known in China, is affiliated with the Second Military Medical University. The hospital’s website previously said the average wait time for a liver transplant is one week, but the statement has since been removed from the website.

The WOIPFG report also listed quotes from many other military hospital websites, which boasted large numbers of organ transplants. Before 1999 the number of organ transplants was close to nil, and rose steeply after the persecution of Falun Gong started.

In multiple phone conversations, investigators posed as patients, and doctors and brokers told them the organs were from living Falun Gong practitioners. In 2007, a broker told an investigator that he got organs from Falun Gong practitioners for the 307 People’s Liberation Army Hospital. “How can I be sure it’s from a Falun Gong practitioner?” the investigator had asked. “On our end, the leaders will show you documents, you know … They have documents, including personal resume [of the organ suppliers],” the broker said in the recorded phone call.

Large-scale organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners was driven by former Chinese Communist Party  leader Jiang Zemin, WOIPFG said in the report. One kidney transplant costs 50,000 yuan to 100,000 yuan (US$8,000-15,000), while a liver transplant costs typically between 200,000 yuan to 400,000 yuan (US$31,000-63,000), according to the report.

In a statement, WOIPFG called for the “international community’s immediate action to thoroughly investigate and terminate the Chinese Communist Party’s genocidal persecution against Falun Gong practitioners.”

When Chongqing’s former top cop, Wang Lijun, fled for his life to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu on Feb. 6, he set in motion a political storm that has not subsided. The battle behind the scenes turns on what stance officials take toward the persecution of Falun Gong. The faction with bloody hands—the officials former CCP head Jiang Zemin promoted in order to carry out the persecution—is seeking to avoid accountability for their crimes and to continue the campaign. Other officials are refusing any longer to participate in the persecution. Events present a clear choice to the officials and citizens of China, as well as people around the world: either support or oppose the persecution of Falun Gong. History will record the choice each person makes.

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Des hôpitaux militaires chinois sont impliqués dans les prélèvements d’organes forcés