Punishment felt like surprise attack: HIV transplant doctor
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Taiwan University Hospital (NTUH) Department of Traumatology Director Ko Wen-che yesterday said that his punishment for involvement in HIV-tainted organ transplants came as a surprise attack for him.
August 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
The Commission on the Disciplinary Sanction of Functionaries (CDSF) announced Saturday that Ko will be demoted two levels due to the 2011 case, in which NTUH oversaw organ transplants from an HIV-positive donor.
Arriving back in Taiwan yesterday after an overseas trip, Ko said that the CDSF's verdict is too severe and he still needs to look into it further.
“It has been two years since the case took place,” Ko said, “and I have been trying to get my life back on track even though there are still many issues that need to be resolved.”
“It is strange that only one person received punishment for such a large case, and the fact that they chose to publish the punishment while I was not in Taiwan was like a surprise attack.”
Ko also spoke about his wife, Chen Pei-chi, who held a press conference Monday to accuse NTUH of lying during the CDSF's investigation of the case. Ko said that Chen decided to come forward because she could not stand that fact that he was the only one being blamed for the transplants.
“I already said everything that I want to say,” Ko said, “and I will think twice before revealing all the inside stories.”
Truth or Lawsuit: Chen
Chen yesterday said that she will turn in an appeal to the CDSF within 30 days to demand the person who wrote the NTUH's report — which was used in the investigation — to come forward.
“If NTUH does not respond to my request,” Chen said, “I will considering suing former NTUH Superintendent Chen Ming-fong (陳明豐) and former NTUH Deputy Superintendent Chang Shang-chun (張上淳).”
Chen said that whoever wrote the NTUH's report should show courage and come forward so that the hospital and Ko can both have the chance to defend themselves publicly.
“Ko really loves NTUH, so we will not consider suing the hospital,” Chen said. “However, we will focus on Chen (Ming-fong) and Chang because the HIV-tainted organ transplants were serious and the NTUH report must be approved by the head of the hospital before being turned in to the investigation authority.”
Chen said that Chen Ming-fong and Chang definitely had something to do with NTUH's “forged report,” so these two people will be the main targets to be sued.
NTUH responded yesterday by saying that all information included in its report was verified by CDSF investigators, and Ko and Chen are welcome to talk to hospital officials directly regarding the HIV-tainted organ case.