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Concentration camp witness steps forward

Verifies organ harvesting from live prisoners at Sujiatun, China

Part 1 of 2

By Ji Da
Epoch Times Staff
March 20-26, 2006

The concentration camp that takes organs from Falun Gong practitioners was actually a part of a hospital, says a former employee of Liaoning Provincial Thrombosis Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine.

She says that the Sujiatun concentration camp in Shenyang, northeastern China, removes organs while the victims are still alive and then sells the organs. Since 2001, the concentration camp has secretly detained approximately 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners, none of whom have left the camp alive.

The employee revealed that the hospital has removed many kidneys, livers, and corneas from the practitioners. After the organ removal, the practitioners are thrown into an incinerator, which was converted from a boiler. Their ashes are dumped together with burned charcoal.

Because many of the victims were illegally detained, there was often no arrest warrant or other identifying paperwork. After their organs were removed, nobody claimed the bodies. Sometimes their bodies were picked up by crooks who pretended to be relatives.

About three-quarters of the 6,000 people are said to have died after their hearts, kidneys, corneas, or skin were removed.

This witness, whose relative participated in the removal of Falun Gong practitioners' organs, said that approximately 2,000 Falun Gong practitioners remain in the hospital. She was afraid that the authorities would kill all of them to destroy the evidence.

The Liaoning Provincial Thrombosis Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine is located at 49 Xuesong Road, Sujiatun, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, China. It was the first hospital in China to specialize in the heart, the brain, and surrounding blood vessels. The hospital is composed of several organizations, including the Liaoning Traditional Chinese Medicine College Teaching Hospital and the Shenyang Thrombosis Treatment Centre.

The hospital site is 21,087 square metres, with 17,564 square metres of that area in buildings. It employs 460 people in 24 departments and 20 specialized offices. Information from the Chinese Communist regime shows that the hospital was established in December 1988.

The former employee spoke under conditions of anonymity with The Epoch Times.

Epoch Times: Did the hospital's medical staff inside the concentration camp know about this?

Answer: This hospital has a small number of officials and some doctors involved secretly in the operation of organ harvesting. Some other staff in the hospital knew about this, but this was absolutely taboo. They were all afraid of being killed or courting trouble, so they all avoided the issue. Only those highly trusted doctors could be chosen to be the surgeons for organ harvesting operations.

ET: Were Falun Gong practitioners alive when their organs were harvested? Did their families know about this?

Answer: Falun Gong practitioners who were imprisoned there were arrested without formal warrants, and their families did not know their situation. Many did not even have their names [recorded]. The Chinese Communist Party persecutes Falun Gong, [but] these medical personnel were told Falun Gong practitioners were facing death because they killed people, or they were sentenced to death because of crimes, or they had become insane from practising Falun Gong.

Organs harvested from live bodies are worth far more than organs taken from dead bodies. Many Falun Gong practitioners were still alive when their organs were taken. After their organs were cut out, some of these people were thrown directly into the crematorium to be burnt, thus leaving no evidence. For some others, after their organs were stolen, the doctor sewed up the wound and asked the family or family representative to give a signature for cremation. Family members did not know at all that the dead had their organs taken out.

ET: How did you know these things? Were you a doctor involved in organ harvesting?

Answer: I worked at the Liaoning Provincial Thrombosis Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine, Shenyang. This is exactly where this concentration camp is located. One of my family members was involved in the operation to harvest Falun Gong practitioners' organs. This has brought great pain to our family.

ET: Please tell us what you know about it.

Answer: From 2001, our hospital started to detain Falun Gong practitioners. At the beginning, these people were detained in the single-storey houses in the back yard of the hospital. Later, the hospital the hospital authorities demolished the single-storey houses, and it was unknown where in the hospital the Falun Gong practitioners were transferred. Many staff discussed in private that these Falun Gong practitioners had been secretly transferred to the underground chambers of the hospital. According to some people working inside the hospital, the hospital has a huge system of secret underground chambers.

At the time when we went to work there, the person in charge of logistics and purchasing in the hospital said that the quantity of disposable sterile gloves used for operations and daily supplies that the hospital authorities asked to be purchased had increased dramatically. The logistics people estimated based on the scale of purchases at that time that there were at least 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners detained in this hospital.

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