“Twenty Organ Transplants Free of Charge,” at the Hunan Provincial People's Hospital, read the April 28 edition of the Hunan Xiaoxiang Morning Herald. The advertisement was for a special hospital promotion giving away 20 free liver or kidney transplants. Patients were instructed to call the paper's hotline to register. The hospital also advertised its promotion in other media, including the Changsha Evening Post and Hunan Economics TV Station.
According to reports from the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG), Hunan is one of the Chinese provinces where the persecution of Falun Gong is most severe. In view of recent reports of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners detained in labor camps, this promotion for free organ transplants raises concerns regarding the source of the organs.
Recipients of Free Liver and Kidney Transplants
According to reports from Hunan Economics TV Station, a family including 57-year-old Dong Shufang, her husband Mr. Huang, and two other family members, living in Changsha City's Wangcheng County, Hunan Province, had been suffering from kidney diseases for many years. Dong Shufang, at the terminal stage of chronic renal failure, needed an immediate transplant.
On April 27, after a month's efforts, Hunan Provincial People's Hospital found matching kidneys for Dong Shufang and her entire family. Ultimately, all four of them received transplants at no cost. Dong Shufang became the first patient to receive a free kidney in the hospital promotion. On the same day, 33-year-old Gong Gaoming from Tiaoma Village in Changsha County received the hospital's first free liver transplant.
The source from China who provided this information said, “My heart sank after reading this report. It is justifiable for a hospital to provide patients with medical treatment. This is very disturbing in light of media reports exposing the harvesting of organs from live Falun Gong practitioners at the Sujiatun Death Camp. The communist regime is hastily destroying all evidence and sources said that many hospitals are rushing to use up these organs harvested from Falun Gong practitioners before June. It is not a coincidence that a report promoting free organs was published at this time. This is very suspicious, is this a part of the evil scheme?
“In the present society, it is very difficult for the poor to get a free lunch, much less talk about donating a house to the homeless. But in this instance, it is about donating a person's liver and kidney. Where did the kidney and liver come from? Although at present, we have no evidence indicating that these organs were harvested from Falun Gong practitioners, we call for an investigation into this matter. The free organ transplant registration telephone number of the liver and gall surgery department in Hunan Provincial People's Hospital is 073-2278157.”
Forced Labor Camps Near Organ Transplant Hospitals
According to an investigation by The Epoch Times, there are three major hospitals performing organ transplants in Hunan Province's Changsha City alone. They are the Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University, the Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University (formerly known as the Second Affiliated Hospital of Hunan Medical University) and the Hunan Provincial People's Hospital.
Besides performing several hundred kidney transplants annually, these hospitals also perform large numbers of multi-organ transplants, or combined simultaneous transplants which can include hearts, whole livers, entire lungs, pancreas, small intestines, spleens and abdominal organs. Of course a donor, lacking a heart or whole liver for example, will die.
Based on statistics published on the WOIPFG website, there are five large forced labor camps and prisons near Changsha City, where thousands of Falun Gong practitioners are detained: The Xinkaipu Men's Labor Camp in Changsha City, Changsha City Women's Labor Camp, Hunan Provincial Women's Prison (Changsha), Zhuzhou Baimalong Labor Camp and Hunan Province Chishan Men's Prison.
Considering the sheer numbers of transplants, that whole organs are used, the proximity of the labor camps and the recent reports of organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in labor camps, it seems clear that an investigation should be initiated into the source of the “free” organs.