Six people, including four doctors, have been jailed in China after being taken to the country’s thriving organ black market.
The convicted doctors, all ranked high in public hospitals in Bengpu City, convinced the families of the deceased to sign fake official organ donation agreements.
They then removed their livers and kidneys in a fake ambulance, according to an article in The Paper, a Shanghai-based news site.
The organs of 11 people who died in traffic accidents or cerebral haemorrhages were then traded in hospitals for profit.
The defendants were reportedly found guilty of damaging corpses and imprisoned for between 10 and 28 months.
The report claims that the surgeries were carried out by two of the doctors, Huang Xinli and Lu Sen.
They had previously worked on organ supply for their respective hospitals.
After the organs were harvested in the ambulance, Huang – the supervising physician at Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital – usually took them to various hospitals.
There they would be used in transplant operations.
The story came to light when Shi Xianglin claimed that his mother’s liver and kidneys were “donated” on the day of her death without her consent.
He realized something was wrong when he couldn’t find his mother’s name in the country’s official organ donor registry.
Shi reported the case to health and legal authorities.
The medical gang reportedly sent 200,000 yuan (£ 22,800) to one of Shi’s cousins as compensation after the harvest.
They are believed to have charged patients much more for the organs.
The case was tried in Huaiyuan County Court in July, and appeals against the sentencing were recently dismissed.
Huang was sentenced to two years and four months in prison, while Wang – another doctor – was sentenced to two years.
Another doctor Yang Suxon, who was in charge of locating organ sources and who worked at the Huaiyuan People’s Hospital, was jailed for two years and two months while Lu would spend a year behind bars.
Huang Chaoyang, a supplier of medical supplies, and Ou Yang, the owner of the fake ambulance, were sentenced to 10 and 13 months in prison, respectively.
Chinese doctors have been charged with organ harvesting for decades.
Earlier this year, Falun Gong practitioner Jennifer Zeng told the Mirror how she was only saved from organ harvesting by a casual comment to a guard while she was in detention.
Former surgeon Enver Tothi, who now drives an Uber in London, told us how he was forced to harvest organs from a slain prisoner.