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Two Hospital Nurses, He Xianggu and Zhang Xiaomei, Severely Tortured at Hunan Psychiatric Hospital  
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Victims:

1.      He Xianggu, a female 39-year-old nurse at the Health Center for Women and Children, Changsha city, in Hunan province

2.      Zhang Xiaomei, a female nurse at the Health Center for Women and Children, Changsha city, in Hunan province

 

Location of the Incident:

 

1.      The Hunan Psychiatric Hospital, 94 Chiling Road, Changsha city, Hunan province

2.      The Health Care Hospital of Women and Children, 23 Xiangchun Road, Changsha city, Hunan province

 

Perpetrators:

 

1.      Li, Director of the Hunan Psychiatric Hospital, 94 Chiling Road, Changsha city, Hunan province. Tel: 86-731-5220684

2.      Guo, the associate Director of the Hunan Psychiatric Hospital, 94 Chiling Road, Changsha city, Hunan province. Tel: 86-731-5221704

3.      Gao Zhisheng, doctor at the Hunan Psychiatric Hospital, 94 Chiling Road, Changsha city, Hunan province

4.      Mei Xiusen, the Head of Juridical Identification Department, Hunan Psychiatric Hospital, 94 Chiling Road, Changsha city, Hunan province. Tel: 86-731-5222979

5.      He Boling, the Director of the Third Division, Hunan Psychiatric Hospital, 94 Chiling Road, Changsha city, Hunan province. Tel: 86-731-5227005

6.      Wu Shifan, the secretary of the Party Committee at the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children, 23 Xiangchun Road, Changsha city, Hunan province. Tel: 86-731-4313590

7.      Yu Yingzheng, secretary of the disciplinary inspection committee, at the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children, 23 Xiangchun Road, Changsha city, Hunan province

8.      Wang Manfeng, the Head of the Nursing Department at the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children, 23 Xiangchun Road, Changsha city, Hunan province.

9.      Guo Yuanying, the chief of the Medical Affairs Section, the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children, 23 Xiangchun Road, Changsha city, Hunan province.

10.  Hao Deming, the head nurse of the Outpatient Department, the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children, 23 Xiangchun Road, Changsha city, Hunan province.

11.  Wu Yulian, the secretary of the Party Committee in the Outpatient Department, the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children, 23 Xiangchun Road, Changsha city, Hunan province.

 

A Brief Report of the Incident:

 

On December 12 of 1999, Ms. He Xianggu and Ms. Zhang Xiaomei, went to Beijing to appeal to the government against the persecution of Falun Gong. For invoking their constitutional right to appeal, they were detained for 15 days at a detention center at Changsha city, Hunan province. While in the detention center, doctors Gao Zhisheng, Mei Xiusen and He Boling from the Hunan Psychiatric Hospital in Changsha city conducted what they claim was a 'consultation diagnosis' for Ms. Zhang and Ms. He. Both Zhang and He were labeled as having 'mental problems induced by superstition of wizardry' and therefore they were to be hospitalized in the Psychiatric Hospital of Hunan province.

 

On January 1, 2000, Ms. He and Ms. Zhang were physically retrained and brought to the Hunan Psychiatric Hospital in Changsha city, Hunan province, by Wu Shifan and other officials from their workplace at the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children in Changsha city, Hunan province. While in the psychiatric hospital, they were forced to take an overdose of drugs intended only for people with psychoses. The drugs caused them to have multiple psychological and physical disorders. They were also compulsorily injected with fluoro-hydroxypiperidine, a drug that is a long-term retardant to the nervous system and is only used to treat very serious schizophrenia. To deceive the relatives, friends and others, the hospital officials and doctors claimed that the drugs used on Ms. He and Ms. Zhang were phenobarbital and harmless to brain and body. Overcoming this psychological torture Ms. He and Ms. Zhang were able to go on a hunger strike to protest this treatment. Guo, the associate Director of the Hunan Psychiatric Hospital said: “If they don't eat, let's tie them up and apply intravenous drips. We have many measures to deal with them.” Both He Xianggu and Zhang Xiaomei were mentally and physically tortured for more than two months before authorities released them from Hunan Psychiatric Hospital.

 

In June of 2000, Zhang Xiaomei was dismissed from her job at the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children in Changsha city, Hunan province.

 

On August 18 of 2000, officials at the Health Care Hospital of Women and Children opened He Xianggu's locker and found some Falun Gong books there. On the next day, August 19 of 2000, Ms. He was tied up and taken to the Hunan Psychiatric Hospital for the second time. No visitors were allowed to see her at the hospital. This time she was tortured with even more harsh treatments. They injected her with a double dose of fluoro-hydroxypiperidine in addition to administrating a daily overdose of drugs intended only for use on psychotic patients.

 

The effects of fluoro-hydroxypiperidine injection are dramatic. Within half an hour of the injection, the patient would feel severe chest pain like having a heart attack. As the drug worked its way through the system, the patient's whole body would start to tremble, making it hard to stand up, or sit or lie down. The movement of arms and legs are impaired, they are too weak to move. The eyesight becomes blurred and the muscles around the mouth lose control and one would drool. The desire to communicate disappears because it would take a great deal of effort to open the mouth. This drug could make a person emotionally aggravated, crying with no reason, and it has severe side effects on the brain itself.

 

By November 2000, as described by an eyewitness, Ms. He Xianggu didn't look like a normal human any more, but a seriously mentally retarded figure. She stood with a dull look in her eyes, with no expression on her face. Her back was hunched, her hands placed in front of her abdomen. She did not respond when being spoken to, and she could barely utter a sentence even if someone took a lot of time to ask her the question.

 

type = Case, Psychiatric; type=Case, Women; location= Hunan, Changsha


     
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