Tianjin First Central Hospital, the Largest Transplant Center in China
The reporter from Investigation Report 7 went to the “T” hospital most popular among South Koreans (unspecified yet presumably the Oriental Organ Transplant Center of Tianjin First Central Hospital, judged from the images from the film) to conduct a secret on-site investigation. The reporter secretly filmed how organ transactions were carried out, how patients and their family obtained information regarding organ transplants, the reception procedures by the ethnic Korean nurse, the dialogue between a surgeon and the patient, etc. The chief surgeon in charge of the transplant team of T Hospital was introduced with an emphasis on “being trained in the United States.” The shortest waiting time is said to be only one week in 2017. Although the Chinese regime has banned transplants for foreigners before the Olympics since 2008, the Center, being the largest transplant center in China, explicitly targets South Koreans, Middle Easterners and a small number of other Asian patients, including Taiwanese.
Additional Donation to Move Up Priority
The Center also indicated bluntly that patients were supposed to donate additional money to the Center’s foundation besides the specified expenses if they want to have priority for transplant. A nurse told the reporter, “For some the waiting time is a week, while for others transplants may be performed within two days. It may take as long as one month or one and a half months, or as short as one week or a few days.” In the case of a kidney transplant, the total expense is 140 million Korean Won (US$131,771) plus an additional 100,000-yuan (US$15,478) donation.
Only Young Organs Are Chosen, Surgery Proceeds Around the Clock
When asked whether it was possible to choose organs from young people, the ethnic Korean nurse directly pointed out, “Organs from the elderly are not used. We also do our selection. From the patient’s point of view, they all want young and good organs. No one wants organs of the elderly.” The reporter captured the scenes where several operating rooms along the hallway were lit throughout the night and stacks of used surgical clothing kept piling up every day.
A Korean doctor promised, according to his patient, that he would ensure the patient’s post-operative care as long as he went to China for an organ transplant. When questioned by Investigation Report 7 about their knowledge of the opaque organ source, several doctors declined a formal interview. In addition, neither those surgeons who performed the transplants nor the patients were told the organ source. Such implementation completely violates the WHO Guiding Principles 10 and 11 on transparency and traceability. As the Chinese regime now claims the donor organs for their booming transplant industry draw upon nationwide voluntary organ donations, where have all these organs available on demand within such short waits come from? It is TAICOT’s stance that an open and transparent investigation into the matter by the international professional community be called for and that the Chinese regime should accept the investigation as soon as possible.
Abhorrent Brain-Death Machine
Jiefu HUANG, former Chinese Vice Minister of Health, claimed that most organs came from brain-dead patients but offered no explanation why there should be so many brain-dead patients eligible for donation. The documentary seemed to provide a shocking clue. In a visit to a research lab in Sichuan province, the lab staff confirmed the patented invention by former Public Security Bureau Chief WANG Lijun, “Primary Brain Stem Injury Impact Machine,” was meant to cause brain death.
The machine can render a “donor” brain-dead immediately, the reporter was told, while other organs remain vital so as to ensure efficiency in transplantation. The machine has now been developed to its third generation. The Investigation Report 7 crew made a model based on the blueprint of the machine. When consulted about the model, Dr. LI Chengyuan, President of the Korean Association on Ethical Organ Transplants, a non-governmental organization in South Korea, strongly argued, “the Primary Brain Stem Injury Impact Machine has no other use but to cause brain death for harvesting organs. Why would anyone want to cause brain death?”
Deal with the Devil
The reporter experienced difficulties landing interviews with the South Korean doctors involved in transplant referral. Many of them refused to talk. However, one doctor said, “As for transplants in China, the executed prisoners seem to be the issue. The executed prisoners are subjected to religious repression, which has become an international issue, also an ethical concern. Are they the executed prisoners or general inmates? ... That’s why we stopped afterwards.” In the end of the documentary, the host asked, “But what would you do when this organ is forcibly taken from living people?” A Chinese who was once a prisoner of conscience commented, “Do not deal with the devil, whether or not you believe in God.”