“Execution by organ procurement: Breaching the dead donor rule in China” AJT article by Matthew P. Robertson and Dr. Jacob Lavee



Another seminal piece of research and analysis was published in the American Transplant Journal (AJT) on April 4, 2002 by Matthew Robertson and Dr. Jacob Lavee who have both, over many years, contributed vital information, research, and evidence on the Chinese Communist Party’s unethical and illegal forced organ harvesting of ‘undesirables’ on an industrial scale nationwide.

The authors state that the two most cherished tenets in transplant medicine are the dead donor rule which “is fundamental to transplant ethics” and the injunction that doctors do not kill or use their skills to destroy life.

Robertson, a PhD Doctoral researcher at Australian National University and Data scientist for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, and Prof. Jacob Lavee of the Heart Transplantation Unit, and Deputy Director of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel, conducted a computational text analysis using highly targeted keyword searches to find text consistent with what they termed “problematic Brain Death Declaration (BDD)” in thousands of Chinese language medical journals published between 1980 and 2020. They found 71 papers from hospitals all across China that met their strict requirements for problematic BDD.

The authors developed two criteria for determining which text was consistent with problematic BDD and therefore inconsistent with the international transplant community’s latest consensus statement for assessing brain death before the extraction of donors’ vital organs. The criteria were fulfilled when the text described clinical procedures where either patients were not on mechanical ventilation and only intubated after being declared brain dead, or where intubation took place right before the surgical procedure to explant organs.

Their analysis strongly implies that transplant surgeons in mainland China are participating in a nationwide murder for money practice. Prisoners, especially prisoners of conscience, constitute a captive living organ pool supplying organs not only to Chinese patients but also to those who flock to China from other nations to pay for readily available organs that can be ordered fresh on-demand.

On April 7, 2022 two human rights NGOs, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VOC) and the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) hosted a webinar entitled “Execution by Organ Harvesting: A discussion on China’s crimes against humanity” where Robertson and Lavee define, in precise and clear detail, their definitions, research methods, and evidences used in the paper.

After publication, the Robertson and Lavee analysis was widely covered by media in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Israel, India, Asia, and online.


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