A group of doctors removed organs from victims of a car accident and then sold them for cash, a report said.
Six people, including four doctors, were detained in China after being trapped in the country’s thriving black organ market.
The convicted medics, all of whom are high ranked in state hospitals in Bengpu City, convinced the families of the dead to sign fake official organ donation agreements.
They then removed their livers and kidneys in a fake ambulance, according to an article in The paper, a Shanghai-based news website.
The organs of 11 people who were killed in traffic accidents or brain haemorrhages were then traded for profit through hospitals.
The defendants were reportedly convicted of harmful bodies and detained for between 10 and 28 months.
The report claims that the surgical operations were conducted by two of the medics, Huang Xinli and Lu Sen.
They had previously worked on organ procurement for their respective hospitals.
After the organs were removed in the ambulance, Huang – the senior doctor at Drum Tower Hospital in Nanjing – usually took them to various hospitals.
There they would be used for transplants.
The story came to light when Shi Xianglin claimed that his mother’s liver and kidney were “donated” without her consent on the day she died.
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 case to health and judicial authorities.
The medical gang reportedly sent 200,000 yuan (£ 22,800) to one of Shi’s cousins as compensation after the harvest.
It is believed that they billed patients far more for the organs.
The case was ruled by the Huaiyuan District Court in July, and appeals against the verdicts were recently dismissed.
Huang was sentenced to two years and four months in prison, while Wang – another doctor – was sentenced to two years.
Another doctor, Yang Suxon, who was in charge of organ source searches and who worked at Huaiyuan People’s Hospital, was detained for two years and two months, while Lu would be behind bars for a year.
Huang Chaoyang, a medical equipment supplier, and Ou Yang, the owner of the counterfeit ambulance, were sentenced to 10 and 13 months, respectively.
Accusations of organ harvesting have been made by Chinese doctors for decades.
Earlier this year, Falun Gong practitioner Jennifer Zeng told Spiegel how she was saved from organ harvesting only by a casual comment to a guard during her detention.
Former surgeon Enver Tothi, who now drives an Uber in London, told us how he was forced to remove slaughtered prisoner organs.