An Investigation into Sujiatun Death Camp
Part I of the WOIPFG report on the death camp in Sujiatun, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province
Mar 15, 2006
An investigative report on the death camp in Sujiatun, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, specifically regarding the systematic practice of removing organs from living Falun Gong practitioners
After it was revealed that the death camp in Sujiatun has been removing organs from living Falun Gong practitioners before throwing their bodies into an on-site crematorium, the World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) immediately began an urgent investigation. Because this investigation is still in progress, the results will be published serially. This is the first of many investigations to come.
According to our initial investigation, there truly exists a large “organ market” in Sujiatun, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, China. It is a systematic procedural practice, which includes building the death camp, detaining the “suppliers,” (living Falun Gong practitioners,) matching Falun Gong practitioners’ organs with people who need them, surgically removing the organs, eliminating the victims’ bodies, and setting up the hospitals that use these stolen organs. The hospitals may be located outside of Sujiatun.
International human rights organization have reported an independent system of harvesting death-row inmates’ organs, and even cases of the prospect of organ harvesting playing a role in the determination of capital punishment.
Without any legal procedures, Falun Gong practitioners are taken to the Sujiatun death camp without anyone’s knowledge. They are in complete isolation. Their bodies are cremated after their organs are harvested.
The operation of the Sujiatun death camp started as early as 2001, reaching its peak in 2002. Located near a hospital in Sujiatun, the death camp facility is underground because it was built upon the existing infrastructure of an aerial defense facility. It has at least one exit located at the back of the hospital. From above the ground, one cannot identify anything unusual about the death camp. It is isolated and guarded with a high-level of security. It has its own supply system, including underground stores.
A large number of Falun Gong practitioners have been secretly abducted to and imprisoned in this death camp. According to a witness, it is “too horrible to watch.” Because these are not regular death-row inmates with predetermined execution times, the timing of the organ harvesting is determined by when they are needed by the hospital. The organ-harvesting operation is conducted on living Falun Gong practitioners. Because the process is extremely brutal, a majority of the medical professionals involved in the organ harvesting have suffered severe psychological trauma. Some common symptoms they experience include insomnia and nightmares. Some people have resorted to prostitutes to help relieve the psychological pressure. Certain individuals have even committed suicide because of the extreme psychological pressure.
Providing organs from living human beings also involve the organ recipients, the military and local hospitals carrying out the organ transplants, and other supporting functions. Although the Chinese Communist authorities and staff members involved keep it a top secret, a lot of people have learned some information about the death camp. Many high-level Chinese Communist government officials in Liaoning Province and Shenyang City, especially those at management levels in the health bureaus, know about and have collaborated in this operation. The establishment and operation of the death camp has been masterminded at top levels of the Chinese Communist Party.
Because the investigation is still ongoing, we will not disclose our reference materials in order to protect the information sources and the channels of obtaining information.
World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG)
March 14, 2006
Reprinted with permission from Clearwisdom.net
Grisly Revelations of Organ Transplant in China
By an informant from China
Mar 15, 2006
Recently I read the report about the atrocity committed at the concentration camp in Sujiatun , China, realizing that the evil Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is even more barbaric than Japan’s Troop 731 during World War II in committing crimes against humanity.
Illegal organ transplant is not new in China. Mr. Hu Limin is a doctor who had worked at the Urology Department of the Tiexi Hospital of Anshan Steel Corp., located at Tiexi District, Anshan City, Liaoning Province. He said that around 1990, the hospital sent him to the General Hospital of the Army in Shenyang City to study the skills of kidney transplant, and when he finished he came back to the Tiexi Hospital and worked as a transplant surgeon.
As Dr. Hu described it, the Urology Department of the General Hospital of the Army specializes in haemodialysis and kidney transplant. The head surgeon was Dr. Li Jianquan, who signed an agreement with the hospital at the start of the project. Under the agreement, he would perform 72 kidney transplant surgeries within a year and the hospital would reward him 1000 yuan (approximately US$ 110) per patient, if he completed all 72 surgeries on schedule. Li was two cases short toward the end of the year, so he asked his subordinates who were responsible for finding kidneys to contact the local courts, requesting advanced death sentencing of two convicts whose kidneys were found to be a match for the patients. The courts cooperated and the two persons were executed. Thus Li got the kidneys he wanted and fulfilled the task of completing 72 surgeries within one year. He was rewarded the bonus, became quite famous, and started to do more kidney transplant surgeries.
At the time, for each dead body provided, the hospital would pay 3000 yuan (approximately US$370) to the courts, which in effect came from the patients’ pockets. Many details had to be addressed to ensure the success of the kidney transplant. The executioners were ordered to raise their guns so that bullets would not damage the brainstem, which controls breathing and heartbeat. This would ensure that while the kidney stayed at normal body temperature it would also have sufficient blood supply, because the kidney is most sensitive to blood pressure changes- this would help with performing a successful operation. Executioners were also asked not to use exploding bullets to avoid a speedy loss of blood. Otherwise, the dead body would lose all its blood before the kidney was removed, which would decrease the transplant’s success rate.
The collaboration among doctors taking part in harvesting the organ is vital. They have to race against time to do their own partâ€”disinfecting, cutting open the body, pushing aside intestines, and preparing washing equipments, etc. The kidney, when taken out, has to be connected immediately onto the washing equipment to be cleansed. It has to be washed and squeezed simultaneously so that the blood in it is pushed out and filtered. It is considered done when it turns pale. Then the cleansed kidney would be put into germ-free solution in a plastic bag and iced.
The transplant operation must be performed within 24 hours of the organ retrieval. When the kidneys are taken out successfully, the hospital is informed by phone and have the patient ready for the surgery.
Normally both kidneys are taken, with the left one preferred as it has longer blood vessels and thus makes it easier for surgery. The right side kidney is removed too, in case the left one cannot be used due to pathological changes, damage, or deformity. They are also both retrieved so if a match has been found for another patient, two patients can be operated on at the same time. This way, the hospital reduces costs.
The deprived bodies may still have life signs such as heartbeats and respiration, but would be placed into prepared plastic bags all the same and sent to crematories for immediate cremation. The whole process is conducted under supervision, and the supervisor deposits the box containing the ashes with the crematory. A deposit receipt is later hand-delivered to the court. In its turn, the court also collects a fee from the family of the deceased for disposing of the dead body. The fact that the body has been mutilated to recover its organs remains forever unknown to the family.
When finished with his training at the General Hospital of the Army, Dr. Hu started his own work in kidney transplant at the Tiexi Hospital of Anshan Steep Corp. He invited doctors from the army hospital to help in his first surgery, but in the second he completed it with the assistance of his own staff only. Those involved in the project included then-Hospital President Feng Yuhua, Party Secretary Bi Zuosheng, Director of the Urological department Xu Yanzhen and Deputy Director Zhang Quanbao, and head nurse Zhang Jing.
The city court of Anshan provided the kidney from a young male death-row convict, who was about 20 years old. He did not know that his kidney would be removed as he was among many inmates whose blood samples were taken. (In prison, blood samples are taken only from those who agree to blood withdrawal.)
The two patients, one male and one female, who were waiting for a blood match at the time, were both from well-to-do families and the company they were with, the Anshan Steel Corp., agreed to pay the surgery expenses. As it turned out, the female patient, whose name – if I remember correctly – is He Yuxin, was a match while the male patient wasn’t. So only the female patient could receive the transplant. The male patient later sought help from the army hospital but in vain and allegedly committed suicide on his bus ride home.
The key to the success of the surgery is to find a matching donor. A mismatch is bound to fail because of rejection. The matching procedure is also quite complicated: the recipient and the donor must match not only in blood type, but also in histocompatibility (immune system compatability.) In other words, they must have compatible white blood cells. Incapable of doing the job itself, the Tiexi Hospital of the Anshan Steel Corp. has to conduct the test at the General Hospital of the Army.
During the test, a chemical solution â€“ DTZ (diatrizoate) is added to the blood samples which then undergo centrifuging to isolate the white cells, which, after being drawn out through a suction tube, will be cleansed of plasma and measured for density. A set amount of mixed white cells from both the recipient and the donor will be placed in an incubator to determined how many white cells will die in the end. Since it is the lymph cells that are checked, the procedure is called “lymphocyte cytotoxicity test.” The accuracy of the test, which requires a lot of experience, determines the success of the kidney transplant, and not many hospitals are able to do it. It can be deduced, therefore, that the secret prison in Sujiatun must have kept frequent contacts with the General Hospital of the Army since the two are close in distance to one another. At least, the army hospital would provide technical support in matching tests to the prison. I hope that the international community will investigate the army hospital.
The Army hospital reported that the result of the lymphocyte cytotoxicity test for the female patient was 1.5 %, meaning a white cell match had occurred and the surgery could proceed. On the morning of the scheduled surgery, an ambulance from the Tiexi Hospital of Anshan Steel Corp. waited outside the court. The prison police picked up the inmate and took him into the court.
Not long after, the convict, now sentenced to death by the court, was pushed out, hands and arms bound behind his back. Before he was pushed into the prison vehicle which would take him to the execution ground, hospital anesthetist Chen Xiaofei gave him a quick shot in his buttock through his pants. The medicine injected included two small bottles of heparin, used to prevent his blood from clotting so as to ensure the quality of the kidneys when taken out. The transplant operation for the female patient turned out to be a success and afterwards she was placed in a sterile ward in the intensive care unit. She was later discharged from the hospital.
The First Affiliated Hospital of Dalian Medical University has also performed many kidney transplant surgeries. In 1994, under the auspices of Director Gao Chunzhang of Urology Department, Dr. Song Xishuang performed a kidney transplant surgery on a patient who had been under the care of Dr. Li Quanlin. The death-rowconvict whose kidney was used eventually became nothing but a chunk of meat, because as not only his kidneys were removed, but also his testicles, bones, cornea, and skins were taken by doctors of various specialties for their own purposes. No one knew what happened to the corpse since the family of the deceased could not afford the fee for the body disposal. (Families of death row convicts in China are reportedly required to pay more than 2000 yuan (approximately US$250) in body disposal fees now.)
The hospitals in China, in their search for novelty, peculiarity, and uniqueness, constantly develop new projects as the research directions. Driven by the pursuit for fame and material gains , doctors in these hospitals quietly engage in businesses that violate human rights under the pretext that China does not have laws prohibiting the taking of human organs. If this development is allowed to continue, everyone’s rights will be violated, everyone’s dignity will be lost, everyone’s organs risk being removed, and everyone faces the possibility of being wrongfully sentenced to death just because some wealthy and powerful people need organ transplants.
The articles on kidney transplants by the General Hospital of the Army published on the Urological Journal of China are all about experiences drawn from surgeries using kidneys taken from death-row convicts. One of the authors in the journal is Xiangjun. In fact, his family nameâ€”Ren, if it can be confirmedâ€”was deliberately omitted to the fact that he is related to a high-ranking official. As to how many kidney transplants they’ve performed, readers may take a look at the Urological Journal of China for the numbers.
The Friendship Hospital of Dalian (Chinese name Dalian You Yi Hospital), unwilling to be left behind, hired talents from the General Hospital of the Army and launched a kidney transplant program of its own. Because of the requirement by the hospital, kidney-harvesting must be done within three minutes after the gunshot. Doctors in Shanghai are the envy of their counterparts elsewhere, because the execution grounds in Shanghai are built underground so that the medical personnel can arrive early and get everything ready unrushed. That is why the kidneys taken in Shanghai are known to be of high quality.
Now, all places are dwarfed by the secret concentration camp in Sujiatun, where kidneys can be harvested from live bodies!
There are reports that more than 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners are being secretly held at Sujiatun and their lives are at stake. We can no longer sit idly by and watch. If necessary, I am willing to step forward and testify to the above facts with a view to stop the evil and save lives.
Reprinted with permission from Clearwisdom.net.
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