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Doctor testifies to China's reuse of prisoners' organs

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 14 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:69
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A Chinese doctor described to a US government subcommittee last month how, when he had lived in the People's Republic of China, he had removed body parts from executed prisoners to provide material for transplantation to wealthy patients.

    Dr Wang Guoqi, a 38 year old doctor with advanced degrees in surgery and human tissue studies, was a former specialist in the burns victims unit at the Paramilitary Police Tianjin General Brigade Hospital in Tianjin. He testified to the US subcommittee on International Relations and Human Rights at a hearing last month.

    The committee's chairman, Republican representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Miami, said that Dr Guoqi's testimony showed that China had “found a lucrative industry in the field of organ transplantation, which not only yields great financial rewards, but provides the regime with a powerful tool to coerce and intimidate the population into submission.”

    Dr Guoqi told the committee: “My …

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