WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A father, whose 16-year-old daughter died from acute appendicitis, accused clinics in Turkey for intentionally killing her daughter for organ transplantation.
- The father claimed that Russian forensics reports noted that after the body was brought back to Russia, some of her organs were recorded as absent.
- However, the accused clinics who said the girl’s condition was so bad, denied the organ theft allegations.
A grieving father alleged that his 16-year-old daughter was murdered in a hospital in Turkey for her organs to be harvested and sold.
Vyacheslav Lanshakov, 38, said that according to Russian investigators citing forensic tests after the body of her daughter Sofiya was brought home to their country, some of her organs including the uterus were recorded missing.
A complete forensic report on her death is expected to be released early next month in Russia.
Russian doctors reported peritonitis as the cause of death, which wasn’t mentioned by Turkish medics.
Vyacheslav, who also claimed a delay in sending Sofiya’ body back to Russia, said that although the initial diagnosis was acute appendicitis based on an MRI scan that showed accumulated fluid in her abdomen, the doctors did nothing.
“I think…it is murder,” the distressed father told TV channel TVK6. “What were the doctors of the Siedra and Yasham clinics doing for nine hours? Our child was simply killed with drips and tests.”
Her parents now suspect that their daughter was ‘wilfully killed’ for organ transplantation.
While no comments were released yet by Russian authorities on Lanshakov’s accusations, a pre-investigative criminal probe into the case had reportedly begun.
According to reports, Sofiya had been treated in various private hospitals for abdominal and chest pains.
At one clinic, doctors had wanted her to go to Ankara for treatment but there wasn’t enough time because her condition was extremely grave.
Yasham Hastanesi clinic director, Nurtach Ary, said, “The girl came to us too late in an extremely serious condition with peritonitis, it was already impossible to save her.”
Another head of a clinic, Siedra, said Sofiya was already in ‘a bad state’ when they admitted the teenager, who, her mother said had been having abdominal pains for three days.
The clinics have vehemently denied any suggestion of organs being illegally taken. Yasham Hastanesi clinic has reportedly said that they are prepared to go to court to protect their name.
‘She died in pain.’
Sofiya had been a child model who joined teenage beauty pageants in her home city of Krasnoyarsk.
Sofiya’s mother, Tatiana, said that as she was sitting outside her room at the intensive care unit, her daughter was screaming, ‘Mum, Mum – I have a terrible heartache,” adding that her daughter was so scared.
She arrested for the first time at about 7 pm, and later died at about 8 pm in excruciating pain, related Vyacheslav.
Vyacheslav had sent Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a letter requesting him to investigate the incident and to take control of the situation.
Source: The Sun