German surgeon under investigation over organ tradingBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7389.568/d (Published 15 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:568
- Annette Tuffs
German officials are investigating alleged organ trading in four cases of kidney transplantation carried out by a prominent surgeon.
The district attorney of Essen is looking into the case, in which kidneys were allegedly donated by Moldovan “relatives” to their “cousins” from Israel. All transplantations were carried out by the surgeon Christoph Broelsch, at Essen University Hospital and Jena University Hospital.
Last week the family of one Israeli recipient admitted in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel that it paid the Moldovan donor—who was not a …