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Case of Iraqi soldier claiming organ theft during treatment sparks outcry

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The case of an Iraqi soldier, who claimed that one of his kidneys were stolen during treatment in a hospital in the capital Baghdad almost three years ago, sparked uproar and angered the country’s defense minister.

“The encroachment against this heroic soldier was as if they [culprits] put two of their fingers in the eyes of the minister,” in reference to himself, Iraqi Defense Minister Urfan Al-Hayali said during a press conference and meeting with the soldier Assi Shakeer on Monday.

Hayali ordered his ministry to begin a probe and requested Iraq’s ministry of health to open another investigation. The defense ministry also ordered that the government to pay all the expenses for Shakeer’s treatment.

Shakeer, who had a bullet shot in his right shoulder, said he had lost one of his kidneys during his treatment at Baghdad’s Al-Kadhimiya Teaching Hospital.

In defense, head of the hospital, Abdulrahman Ismaeel, said the hospice does not have the capability for extracting or implanting kidneys, local media reported.

Ismaeel added that Shakeer entered the hospital on July 30, 2014 and left on Aug. 4 in the same year.

The soldier was wounded during battles against ISIS militants.