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A gang of 10 people, including 4 members of Jordanian, Syrian and Palestinian nationals who had illegal organ transplants, was caught by an operation on the hotel where they were staying. Gang members who found kidney donors with the slogan ‘VIP service’, which they shared on social media, were arrested. It was determined that the surgeries were performed in a private hospital with fake documents.

A kidney transplant was performed on a Palestinian patient recently at a private hospital in Esenyurt, Istanbul. The transplants seemed to be close relatives, but the Turkish doctors said, “The patient and the donor don’t look like relatives at all. Their dialogue is very cold. They are like strangers to each other,”he commented, expressing his doubts by calling the hospital authorities, the Turkish Anti-Migrant Smuggling and Border Gate Branch Office teams. The teams also conducted a study and examined the documents of people who gave kidneys for transplantation and had a transplant in Turkey.


The Consulate General of Palestine was asked about the documents of kinship. The Consulate General reported that no proof of kinship had been provided to the named persons. The teams determined that the transplants were staying at a hotel near the Esenyurt hospital for checks that they had to have from time to time. When it was determined that the gang members were also staying at this hotel, the operation was launched. In the operation, the Jordanian Hassan Abu Zaid, the Palestinian Ali Y.M. Shiruk, Syrian A.M. the patient is on dialysis with a Palestinian M.J.K. he was caught.


When the arrested persons were questioned, one of them admitted that there were other people staying in the same hotel after they had been transferred like them. In addition, a second operation was carried out at the hotel when they were told that other people who mediated the transfer were staying at the same hotel. Palestinian H.Q.A., Jordanian A.H., N.S., M.S.V. with organ donor N.S.S. he was detained. During the searches of the hotel room, 21 thousand 600 dollars, 10 thousand pounds, 1 cachet and a large number of forged documents were seized. The police have arrested 4 more people, including the Jordanian gang Hassan Barakat. It turned out that 2 more people detained had kidney donors. Of the 13 people detained, 3 were released after police statements. all 10 people were transported to the courthouse. The director of the organization, Hasan Barakat of Jordan, who was sent to the Turkish courthouse, the second man of the organization, Hasan abu Zaid of Jordan, Palestinian doctor Ali Y.M. Shiruk and Syrian Ahmed Al Masri, who brought together the organ recipients and donors, were arrested by the court where they were removed, while the other suspects were released under judicial control.


According to POLICE investigations as part of the operation, the gang was making posts on social media aimed at Arab countries stating that they needed a kidney by specifying their blood type. In the shares, it was stated that a ‘VIP service’ was provided from the stay to the hospital. A kidney transplant is a procedure in which a wealthy person and a donor are tested for suitability for transplantation. If the tests turned out to be positive, the gang members were taking 50 thousand dollars from the kidney recipient. 10 thousand dollars of this money was given to the kidney donor. Later, the kidney donor and recipient were being brought to Istanbul. Due to the fact that organ transplantation is subject to permission other than close relatives, the people who will be transplanted were made close relatives with fake documents showing that they were taken from the consulate. With these documents, the transfer was carried out by going to a private hospital. The hospital was also paid 15 thousand dollars for the transfer. The remaining 25 thousand dollars also remained for the gang.


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President of Organ Transplant Center at MedicalPark Hospital Antalya

Turkey's world-renowned organ transplant specialist. Dr. Demirbaş has 104 international publications and 102 national publications.

Physician's Resume:

Born on August 7, 1963 in Çorum, Prof. Dr. Alper Demirbaş has been continuing his work as the President of MedicalPark Antalya Hospital Organ Transplantation Center since 2008.

Prof. who performed the first tissue incompatible kidney transplant in Turkey, the first blood type incompatible kidney transplant, the first kidney-pancreas transplant program and the first cadaveric donor and live donor liver transplant in Antalya. Dr. As of August 2016, Alper Demirbaş has performed 4900 kidney transplants, 500 liver transplants and 95 pancreas transplants.

In addition to being the chairman of 6 national congresses, he has also been an invited speaker at 12 international and 65 national scientific congresses. Dr. Alper Demirbaş was married and the father of 1 girl and 1 boy.


Eczacibasi Medical Award of 2002, Akdeniz University Service Award of 2005, Izder Medical Man of the Year Award of 2006, BÖHAK Medical Man of the Year Award of 2007, Sabah Mediterranean Newspaper Scientist of the Year Award of 2007, ANTIKAD Scientist of the Year Award of 2009, Social Ethics Association Award of 2010, Işık University Medical Man of the Year Award of 2015, VTV Antalya's Brand Value Award of 2015.


Doctor of Medicine Degree Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Ankara, General Surgeon Ministry of Health Turkey EKFMG (0-477-343-8), University of Miami School of Medicine Member of Multiple Organ Transplant, ASTS Multiorgan Transplant Scholarship. Lecturer at Kyoto University. Lecturer at University of Essen, Research assistant at the University of Cambridge .

Professional Members:

American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Transplantation Society Nominated, Middle East and Southern Africa Council Transplantation Society 2007, International Liver Transplantation Association, Turkish Transplantation Association, Turkish Society of Surgery, Turkish Hepatobiliary Surgery Association.


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