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Legislator under fire over organ-harvesting claims

BRAIN DEAD:Netizens joined a petition slamming a KMT lawmaker over his accusations that NTUH doctors were letting trauma patients die to harvest their organs

By Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporter

Min Sheng General Hospital Division of Neurosurgery director Antonio Carlos Ko (柯紹華) said that as a neurosurgeon and a physician accredited to determine brain death, he found Su’s remarks utterly intolerable.

Antonio Carlos Ko called Su “a self-proclaimed doctor hiding behind the immunity bestowed upon him by his job as a legislator and questioning the endeavors made by other medical professionals in the field of organ donation.”

“He accused his fellow doctors of retrieving patients’ organs while they were still alive, and claimed that there have been cases in which brain-dead patients regained consciousness and returned to a normal life,” he said.

The cases Su mentioned were of people who were in a deep coma rather than brain dead, Antonio Carlos Ko said, adding that trained doctors are expected to know the difference.

“It is evident that Su has sought to distort facts and used his medical knowledge as leverage to launch political attacks,” Antonio Carlos Ko said.

In response, Su said in a statement issued later yesterday that while the timing of his accusations might seem inappropriate, the NTUH’s alleged wrongdoings would deal a heavier blow to the image of the medical industry if he had chosen to remain silent and cover for the hospital.

“There will be no medical advances without transparency. Was not a lack of transparency in the government’s handling of the recent food scares ... that forced the former minister of health and welfare [Chiu Wen-ta, (邱文達)] and the former director of the Food and Drug Administration [Yeh Ming-kung (葉明功)] to step down?” Su said.

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