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Author Affiliations: Organ Transplant Center, 309th Hospital of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, Beijing, China (email@example.com).
In Reply: In China, although organs harvested from condemned prisoners are not specifically restricted from use in transplantation, the organ procurement procedures are strictly compliant with specifications. If a sentenced convict would like to donate his organs, the convict and his family must submit an official application and sign an informed consent statement with a lawyer present. Before execution, the convict is asked to confirm his organ donation again, and if consent is reneged, organ procurement is explicitly prohibited. Dr Trey and colleagues mention that in 2005, transplant figures peaked with 20 000 transplants. However, as organ transplant specialists, we and our colleagues have never heard of this many transplants per year in China; the number in 2006 was 11 000.1 Trey et al further surmise that the organs might have been harvested from living Falun Dafa practitioners. We have not heard of such forced organ harvesting.
Shi B, Chen L. Organ Transplantation and Regulation in China—Reply. JAMA. 2011;306(17):1863-1864. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1585