Punishment felt like surprise attack: HIV transplant doctor

Punishment felt like surprise attack: HIV transplant doctor
Ko Wen-che, director of National Taiwan University Hospital's (NTUH) Department of Traumatology.

TAIPEI, 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.

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."

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