March 4, 2024

Foreigners evade transplant ban in China

17 Japanese get organs

The habit of organ trafficking dies hard. Even though transplants for foreigners have been banned in China since May 1, 2007, 17 Japanese have managed to sneak through the system and get kidney or liver transplants, according to the government newspaper China Daily. The Japanese spent an average of US$87,000 for their operations and about 3 weeks of treatment at an unidentified hospital in Guangzhou, in southern China. The money covered medical fees as well as travel and accommodation. According to Japanese sources, the hospital admitted some patients under Chinese names. Most of the organs probably came from executed prisoners. ~ China Daily, Feb 9