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Record number of transplants in China raises new concern about organ harvesting

July 22, 2015

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Chinese medical officials expect to perform 12,000 organ transplants this year, setting a new record and raising concerns about the possible harvesting of organs from executed convicts, the AsiaNews service reports.

China has officially banned the harvesting of organs from executed convicted. But the country’s former deputy health minister, Huang Jiefu, observes that “China is a big country. No one can say for sure that there are no bad people out there.”

In China, where capital punishment is commonplace, the number of organ transplants peaked at about 10,000 a year before the official ban on harvesting prisoners’ organs went into effect.

 


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  • Posted by: nix898049 - Jul. 23, 2015 10:44 AM ET USA

    What started out as an act of charity on the donor's part is becoming big business. As if a dying person has a duty to have their organs divvied up like parting out a totaled auto! Brain 'death' is a hoax! I will not put the organ donor indicator on my DL and have asked my spouse to remove it from his. Between this report and the PP videos my trust of Drs is sinking fast. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God!