Chinese doctors have been jailed for illegal organ collection
According to what Chinese media reported, 6 people, including doctors, entered the prison on charges of illegally collecting human organs from victims of accidents, and deceived the families of the deceased and convinced them that they donated organs of their dead legally.
She indicated that they had obtained 11 livers and kidneys for people from a hospital in Anhui Province.
According to local reports, the organ trafficking ring includes 4 of the best doctors in China, who worked in the field of collecting organs in hospitals. Chinese media said the gang targeted car accident victims or patients who had suffered from a brain hemorrhage at Huayuan County Hospital in Anhui.
The head of the hospital's intensive care unit, Yang Soxon, was talking to family members of the victim and asking them if they agreed to donate organs of the deceased. Typically, family members would sign donation forms that were nothing but forged consent forms. Then, the victim's body was transported outside the hospital, late at night, to a truck modified to look like an ambulance, where doctors would remove the organs.
According to reports, these organs were then sold to other individuals or hospitals that the gang members had secretly contacted.
Recently, the gang was exposed when they suspected the son of one of the victims. Several months after his mother's death in 2018, Xi Xianglin re-checked the documents his family had received when they agreed to donate his mother's organs, and found many discrepancies - including blank sections on the donation form.
Then he discovered that there were no records of his mother donating her organs, either with the regional authorities or the administrative center for donating Chinese organs in Beijing.
"When he asked those responsible for this, he was immediately offered a large sum of money to keep the mother," Xianglin told local Dazhongwang newspaper.
Xianglin indicated that he had become certain at the time that something very strange was happening, and immediately he informed the authorities of what had happened.
Members of the organ trafficking ring were sentenced in July after being accused of "intentionally destroying bodies". However, it seems that the case did not come to light until recently, after Xianglin spoke to local media.
For several years, China has relied on the organs of executed prisoners to help meet demand, a practice widely criticized worldwide. This prompted China to officially stop the practice in 2015, but authorities said at the time that it would be difficult to ensure compliance with this.