SHENYANG, June 19, 2003 ( – Chinese doctors are boasting of having removed live hearts from babies during abortions and then keeping the hearts alive in a culture fluid.  Thought to be a world first, Wang Tong, a doctor associated with the procreation center lab of the Shenyang Women and Infants’ Hospital in Shenyang (the capital of Liaoning Province), said one such heart has survived for thirteen days and another for nine days.  The first heart comes from a baby aborted at 7.5 weeks on June 5.  Wang said he removed the heart and placed it into the culture and was happy to find it still beating between 60 and 80 times per second the next day.  Microscopic evidence showed the cells of the heart were dividing.  “This showed that the heart was growing,” Wang said excitedly.

See the coverage in the People’s Daily: