According to Chinese local media, a hospital performed an emergency heart transplant for a patient. This patient waited for only one day for the heart donor.
Emergency heart transplant cases are common in China. In this regard, Li Xudong, an associate professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, told Chinese language media Da Ji Yuan that according to data from Duke University Medical Center in March 2022, the average waiting time for heart transplants in the U.S. is 167 days. In China, a matching heart donor can be found within a day or a few days, making people question the source of the organ.
According to Sina.com, in January 2022, the Cardiovascular Hospital affiliated with Xiamen University decided to perform transplants in an emergency case for a 57-year-old patient. Within just more than one hour, a heart was available for the patient.
The above case is quite common in China.
On May 6, 2022, Mu Jiangang, a teacher at Lanzhou University, was quickly transferred to Wuhan Union Hospital due to serious heart disease and was placed on the waiting list for a heart donor. Four days later, on May 10, Wuhan Union Hospital found a matching heart donor and transplanted Mu Jiangang with a healthy heart.
In June 2020, Chinese citizen Sun Lingling suffered from a rare immune system disease that caused irreversible damage to the heart during her internship in Japan. In mid-June, her medical team took her on a chartered flight to Wuhan Union Medical College Hospital in China. Within 10 days, Wuhan Union Hospital prepared four matching hearts for 24-year-old Sun Lingling, and finally selected the best quality donor to complete the heart transplant.
Emergency organ transplantation is common in China
During the outbreak of the coronavirus, patients with pneumonia in Wuhan also had urgent lung transplants, which raised great concerns from the international community about the source of their organs.
On February 29, 2020, a hospital in Jiangsu Province, China, performed a lung transplant on a 59-year-old male severely infected with the coronavirus. The patient’s waiting time for surgery in the hospital was only five days. The chief surgeon was Chen Jingyu.
A day later, on March 1, 2020, a hospital in Zhejiang, China, performed a lung transplant on a female patient infected with Covid-19. The chief surgeon was Han Weili.
On March 10 of the same year, Chen Jingyu performed a lung transplant on a 73-year-old male patient who tested positive for Covid-19. The waiting time for surgery was less than five days.
In addition, emergency liver transplants also account for a significant portion.
According to the 2006 annual report of the China Liver Transplant Registration Network, from April 6, 2005, to December 31, 2006, among the 8,486 liver transplantation data from 29 organ transplant centers, there were 1,150 emergency liver operations, accounting for 26.60%.
Even keeping spare organs for transplant operations happens in China.
In September 2005, Huang Jiefu, then Vice Minister of Health, went to Xinjiang to participate in the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. He operated on a party official who has liver cancer in Xinjiang. Huang temporarily found and took two matching living livers from Guangzhou and Chongqing within a day as spare livers for the operation.
Behind the shocking short waiting time for organ transplants
With the organ donation system lagging behind Western developed countries by decades, why is the waiting time for organ transplantation in China incredibly short?
China has never given a credible account of the source of organ donors. The vast majority of cases do not disclose any donor source at all or are vague.
Multiple international investigations have found the Chinese regime has been forcibly harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience.
The International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China reported in 2016 that the Chinese government was performing roughly 60,000 to 100,000 transplants per year. This figure far surpassed the officially reported figure of 10,000 to 20,000 each year.
China has long been known for harvesting organs from prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, for their billion-dollar transplant business. The regime targets Falun Gong practitioners as the primary source of organ supply.
In March 2020, the UK-based Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China (China Tribunal) issued its final judgment, concluding that “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.”