In a terrible case of organ trafficking, a 6-year-old boy’s eyeballs were ripped out. The Chinese boy was playing outside when he was taken from his yard. He was later found in a field with blood covering his face.
As reported by the Toronto Star, The boys parents thought he fell and hurt his face. Upon closer inspection, the boy’s father realized something was seriously wrong:
“He had blood all over his face. His eyelids were turned inside out. And inside, his eyeballs were not there… We didn’t notice his eyes were gone when we discovered him.”
The boy’s eyeballs were eventually located in the field. However, the corneas were removed.
Authorities realized the boy was not randomly attacked. He was a victim of organ trafficking.
In China, legal organ donation is rare. However, it is often a medical necessity. The lack of donors has left nearly 300,000 patients in need of transplants.
China’s government recently approved an organ donor system, prompting more residents to donate organs. However, progress is slow.
A majority of China’s organ trafficking is done with the knowledge of the donor. Poverty stricken residents often consent to sell their organs for profit.
Prisons have also been a source of organ trafficking. Organs taken from executed prisoners are sold in China and abroad.
China’s government is accused of “selling of organs from prisoners without their consent.” International human rights attorney David Matas says that it is a “billion-dollar business in China.”
Officials in China have committed to phasing out the sale of prisoners’ organs beginning in November.
Organ trafficking is a reality in China. However, the kidnapping and theft of organs is rare.
Doctors explain that corneas do not require a matching blood type like other organs. Organ trafficking is most often used for vital organs.
Corneas are usually only harvested from deceased donors. There is no logical explanation for the boy’s attack.
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