hina announced that it had performed the first double transplant on a 59-year-old last week who had been given only days to live due to suffering irreversible pulmonary damage after contracting the Coronavirus. But the fact that the patient had to wait a mere five days for a “consenting” donor to provide a perfectly matching set of lungs, raises further questions about the scale and scope of the country’s illegal forced organ harvesting programme.
There are growing concerns that more than three million Muslims, detained in camps, are being used as a kill-on-demand emergency backstop for Chinese Coronavirus patients.
“Whilst around the world waiting times for a single lung from a suitable donor could be years, China has shown this week that it need only be days, for two perfectly matched lungs to be rustled up,” observes the Bitter Winter, an online magazine devoted to exposing China’s human rights abuses.
These suspicions are being raised because China has one of the lowest organ donor rates in the world, with a voluntary donor rate of only one for every two million citizens, compared with the US where 45% of people are registered as organ donors. Of the 1.5 million Chinese citizens who are in need of an organ transplant donor each year, fewer than 10,000 receive a successful match and organ, representing a supply-to-demand ratio of 1:150, according to the Journal of Biomedical Research.