China's Hospitals Hid One Of The World's Darkest Secrets

China's Hospitals Hid One Of The World's Darkest Secrets
China's Hospitals Hid One Of The World's Darkest Secrets

Inside China's Hospitals and prison system, you can find one of the darkest stories of the 21st century.

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If you have received an and transplant in China in the past few decades, there was a strong chance that it would be executed by a prisoner from their will. A shortage of organ supply 

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opens up the doors for illegal organ trafficking and forced organ harvesting. Many of these prisoners are not murderers or rapists, but "prisoners of conscience" who were arrested for their political or religious beliefs, such as the peaceful practitioners of Falun Gong

The Testimonies
China's Hospitals Hid One Of The World's Darkest Secrets

In October 1995, Wang Guoqi was working as a medical doctor for the Chinese Army at a

 prison in Hebei Province when he witnessed the prisoner executions that changed his life. While still holding onto his last breaths, doctors were brought in to the prisoners' organs for 

the purposes of a transplant.

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"My work requires me to remove the skin and corneas from the corpses of over hundred executed prisoners, and on a couple of occasions, victims of intentionally botched executions," he told the US Congress in June 2001.

Over the past two decades, a stream of whistleblowers have left China and testified about the same horrors they endured. As part of the Kilgour-Matas report, a private investigative report in allegations of forced organ harvesting in China, David Kilgour spoke to the ex-wife of a Chinese surgeon who was removed as 2000 as corneas from executed Falun Gong prisoners.

"Usually these Falun Gong practitioners were injected with a shot to cause heart failure. During the process, these people will be pushed into operating rooms to have their organs

 removed, "she recalled. "On the surface, the heart stopped beating, but the brain was still functioning, because of that shot. These people were then removed to other operation rooms for removals of heart, liver, kidneys ... after their kidneys, liver, and skin removed, only the bone and flesh left. The bodies were thrown in the boiler room at the hospital. "

The System
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The system is still shrouded in mystery and, as such, there is no smoking gun that conclusively proves the scale of the problem. It is also unclear Although the Chinese

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 government has admitted that the harvested organs from prisoners in the 1990s and 2000s, Chinese authorities now say they have switched to a fully legitimate organ transplant program that only voluntary donors use.

However, many argue the statistics suggest other, and the practice is going on.

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