A group of doctors harvested the organs of car accident victims and then sold them for cash, a report claims.
Six people, including four doctors, have been jailed in China after becoming entangled in the country’s thriving black organ market.
The convicted medics, all of whom scored high in state hospitals in Bengpu city, convinced the families of deceased people to sign false official organ donation agreements.
They then removed their livers and kidneys in a fake ambulance, according to an article in The newspaper, a news website in Shanghai.
The organs of 11 people who died in traffic accidents or brain haemorrhages were then traded for profit through hospitals.
The defendants were reportedly convicted of damaging corpses and imprisoned for between 10 and 28 months.
The report claims that the surgical procedures were led by two of the medics, Huang Xinli and Lu Sen.
They had previously worked on purchasing organs for their respective hospitals.
After the organs were removed in the ambulance, Huang – a supervising physician at Drum Tower Hospital in Nanjing – generally took them to various hospitals.
There they would be used in transplant operations.
The story came to light when Shi Xianglin claimed that his mother’s liver and kidney had been ‘donated’ on the day of her death without her consent.
He realized something was wrong when he couldn’t find his mother’s name in the country’s official organ donor registry.
Shi reported the matter to health and legal authorities.
The medical gang reportedly sent 200,000 yuan (£ 22,800) to one of Shi’s cousins as post-harvest compensation.
They are believed to have charged patients a lot more for the organs.
The case was settled by the Huaiyuan County Court in July and appeals against the verdicts have recently been dismissed.
Huang was sentenced to two years and four months in prison, while Wang – also one of the doctors – was handed two years.
Another doctor, Yang Suxon, who was responsible for finding sources of organs and worked at Huaiyuan People’s Hospital, was jailed for two years and two months, while Lu spent a year behind bars.
Huang Chaoyang, a medical equipment supplier, and Ou Yang, the owner of the fake ambulance, were sentenced to 10 and 13 months in prison respectively.
Allegations of organ harvesting have been made to Chinese doctors for decades.
Earlier this year, Falun Gong practitioner Jennifer Zeng told the Mirror that she was only saved from harvesting her organs by an accidental remark to a guard while in detention.
Former surgeon Enver Tothi, who now drives an Uber in London, told us how he was forced to remove slaughtered organs from prisoners.