China starts to move away from using organs from executed prisoners for transplantations

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3567 (Published 2 September 2009)
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  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    China’s Ministry of Health and the Red Cross Society of China have jointly launched a pilot organ donation system in five cities and five provinces to harvest organs from brain stem dead patients. The system is a step towards bringing transplant organ procurement procedures into line with internationally accepted practices.

    Announcing the programme, China’s deputy health minister, Huang Jiefu, admitted that more than 65% of current organ donors are executed prisoners, with only a tiny proportion of organs coming from brain stem dead people. “Executed prisoners are definitely not a proper source for organ transplants,” he told the state run newspaper China Daily.

    The new donor system, launched on 25 August, …

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