Hospitals Involved in Rampant Kidney Trade in China

Hu Jie lost one of his kidneys.

26-year-old Hunan resident Hu Jie was enticed to sell his kidney for paying the gambling debts. Although later he regretted and decided not to do this, he still lost a kidney subject to threats and restraints. His Kidney was removed for speedy transplants at standard hospitals.

It was found that behind this case is a widespread organ trade network in China, which connects the black market practices to standard hospitals across regions.

Forced removing kidney reflected the blind spot of chinese law and the supervision to it. As we all know, human organ trade is forbidden in most countries in the world for it violates human rights and ethics. China State Council also issued a regulation for human organ transplantion in 2007; however, there has been no corresponding charge and specific penalization for this action, so the badmen cannot be frightened. That is the main reason why organ trading is so rampant in China.

What shocked me more is that there are hospitals willing to participate in this illicit and unethical practice just for money. Hospitals should be places where to save people’s lives, and doctors were considered angels people can trust; however, now their excellent medical skills only make them become accomplices who harm people’s lives. What they removed were not just kidneys, but also their conscience and morality as a human being. It seems that our society has been really sick, and any business related with money can be practiced regardless of humanity.

It is time for the legislature to come up with specific charges to cut off the profit chain of organ trading and penalize this evil practice. Only if the malfeasances were cracked down effectively, people can feel secure and will probably increase their confidence to the government.

About juankang

Juan (Tracy) Kang received Bachelor degrees from both Sichuan University in China and Eastern New Mexico University in the United States. As a journalism student in college, she worked with the Student Publication The Chase for two years writing over 40 pieces news and editorials. Tracy is currently a graduate student majoring in Strategic public relations at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. Tracy is always passionate about life and believes the beauty of life is in its uncertainties. She lives for exploring, loving and dreaming, and never hesitates for trying out new things and moving forward.
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