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Organ "Donations" from Chinese Prisoners

Posted Sep 12 2008 12:00pm
The darker side of bioethics. This video is heart-retching and could not argue louder for a Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. Watch it and weep.

From the BBC:
Organ sales 'thriving' in China

Chinese officials say the prisoners volunteer to donate their organs. The sale of organs taken from executed prisoners appears to be thriving in China, an undercover investigation by the BBC has found. Organs from death row inmates are sold to foreigners who need transplants. One hospital said it could provide a liver at a cost of £50,000 ($94,400), with the chief surgeon confirming an executed prisoner could be the donor. China's health ministry did not deny the practice, but said it was reviewing the system and regulations.

'Present to society'

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes visited No 1 Central Hospital in Tianjin, ostensibly seeking a liver for his sick father. Officials there told him that a matching liver could be available in three weeks.

Thanks to for bringing this to our attention.
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