Doctors tried for removing live patients’ organs

Two doctors are in court in Sao Paulo, Brazil on charges that they removed organs for transplant from patients who were still alive. The patients later died in the hospital.

Dr Pedro Torrecillas and Rui Sacramento are each charged with four homicides in a trial.

The deaths happened between September and December 1986 in the hospital connected to the University of Taubate, in Sao Paulo state.

Docs plead not guilty

Dr Mariano Fiore Junior is charged as an accomplice.

According to court documents, the doctors used fake death certificates to extract kidneys from the victims, who had agreed to donate organs after their death.

Torrecillas and Sacramento have both pleaded not guilty.

(Sapa, October 2011) 

Read more:

Transplantation

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
33% - 9362 votes
No
67% - 19302 votes
Vote