Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Thinking of getting that organ transplant in Shanghai?

Malaysians have died from botched organ transplants in China, a National Kidney Foundation official said yesterday. In related news, Japan's Health Ministry is investigating human organ transplants in China after a report that at least seven Japanese died due to treatment there.

Datuk Dr Zaki Morad Zaher, the foundation's vice-chairman, told The New Straits Times he was aware of a number of patients who went for transplant operations in China and died there or after returning home due to complications.

'We do not have the exact numbers because almost all of them go on their own for the organ transplants, mainly kidney transplants,' he said.

His statement came after Japan said it was investigating the deaths of several of its citizens who received similar organ transplants in China.

Some of the deaths occurred after patients developed infections, pneumonia or brain haemorrhages.

Dr Zaki, who is the Malaysian Ministry of Health's consultant nephrologist, said he learnt of the deaths from colleagues whose patients had opted to have transplants in China.

The Malaysians who went to China for transplants were reportedly elderly, unwell and unsuited for major surgery, which may have cost between RM70,000 (S$30,500) and RM100,000.

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