Short Waits for Vital Organs at Wuhan Union Hospital

A teacher at China’s Lanzhou University, who suffered a severe heart attack and developed heart failure, recently received a heart transplant after waiting on the transplant list for just four days. The surgery took place at the Wuhan Union Hospital, which is affiliated with the Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

This patient in China waited only four days for a donor heart. In the United States, the waiting period for a heart transplant can be anywhere from six months to several years with many patients dying before suitable organs become available.

In June 2020, Sun Lingling, a 24-year-old Chinese woman became ill with a severe autoimmune heart disease while abroad in Japan. She was flown back to China and admitted to the Wuhan Union Hospital where four different hearts were found for her within thirteen days. Sun lives on with a new heart but the four ‘donors’ died.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, DAFOH’s Executive Director Dr. Torsten Trey said such an unprecedented short wait for four donor hearts should be cause for international alarm and called Sun’s case “beyond explanation… rather [it] follows an ‘on-demand system.’”

The Wuhan Union Hospital is not the only transplant center in China that has procured donor hearts rapidly. In January 2022, the Cardiovascular Hospital affiliated with Xiamen University found a donor heart in just over one hour to perform an emergency heart transplant on a 57-year-old patient.

Although China has never provided credible sources for its organ donors, multiple international investigations have found that the Chinese regime has been forcibly harvesting organs from prisoners of conscience.

In March 2020, the UK-based China Tribunal issued its final judgment that “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.”

Evidence gathered over the last 16 years has clearly demonstrated that the Chinese communist regime keeps healthy individuals incarcerated to be used as a non-voluntary organ donor pool. There are detailed accounts of Falun Gong practitioners formerly detained in China who underwent extensive medical testing consistent with organ health evaluations.

How is it that vital organs are so rapidly available on-demand in Chinese hospitals? The only logical answer is that the Chinese state has developed a well-organized nationwide detention system where a pool of human beings is kept waiting, ready for their organs to be harvested on demand.

The world has known about China’s transplant crimes for years and yet has done very little to ensure that it will stop. At what point do we hold China accountable for these abominable transplant crimes and horrific human rights abuses?