The annual forum attracted 5,000 participants from around the world, running for five days from June 2-6.
Veteran transplant surgeons are saying the use of executed or death row prisoners for organ transplants is dubious, with the issue of consent very much in question.
[Dr. Lloyd Ratner, Dir., Renal & Pancreatic Transplantation, Columbia Univ. Med. Ctr.]:
“Many of the organs being used for transplantation in China are coming from executed prisoners. So there’s really concern about who these people are, what role do they have in consenting to have their organs [removed] and are they being executed, [because of this] whereas they shouldn’t be, just because someone may be making a profit off their organs, so there’s a lot of ethical concerns. ”