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Ads on hospital walls to sell human organs
Xu Hui’an
12/28/2003



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SHENYANG - An underground organization known as the “kidney sellers” is hand-painting small signs advertising human organs on the walls of several hospitals in Shenyang, southern China.
Chinese laws forbid the selling of human organs. According to Mr. Ma, head of advertising for the China Medical University’s First Hospital in Shenyang, the hospital used to forbid these small posters, but now the kidney sellers have switched to painting the ads on the walls and it has become hard to stop.

The kidney sellers’ price for one kidney ranges from 100,000 to 200,000 yuan (approximately $12,000 to $24,000 U.S. dollars). The kidney sellers’ contact person said, “If you really want [an organ transplant], the price can go even lower.”

The contact, who indicated that kidney sellers can obtain all kinds of organs through different sources, said, “Just give me the blood type and age needed, and we can find whatever you want.” Also, the kidney sellers said that they can provide information if the hospital finds out about the organ transplant and if an examination of a kidney’s origin is needed.

Ma briefly explained that human organ transplants are a very complicated medical procedure. Unless they are given between parents and children, siblings, or husband and wife, the only other source is purchase, which is illegal. For organs that come from any source other than relatives, even if the examination and chemical analysis show that the organs are usable, it is still illegal according to Chinese law.


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