Doctors charged with planning to kill a patient for his kidneys

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1092
  1. Andrew Osborn
  1. Moscow

    Four Moscow doctors have been accused of plotting to murder a patient for his kidneys so that they could use them for lucrative and possibly illegal transplantations.

    The case has raised fears that doctors across Russia are engaging in such practices.

    The four doctors—Irina Lirtsman, Lyubov Pravdenko, Pyotr Pyatnichuk, and Bairma Shagdurnova—all worked in Moscow City Hospital No 20.

    Dr Lirtsman was deputy head of the intensive care unit, Dr Pravdenko a doctor in the unit, and …

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