The request from Ronald Phillips to donate a kidney and his heart came Monday, less than 72 hours before he is scheduled to die by lethal injection.
Phillips has said through his attorneys that the request was not a delay tactic, but rather an attempt to make a final gesture for good.
Prison officials scrambled to review Phillips’ last-minute request, which they called unprecedented, but ultimately could not figure out a way to get the 40-year-old to and from an offsite hospital while following security procedures leading up to an execution. Phillips is scheduled to die Thursday by an injection of a sedative and painkiller that has never been used in a U.S. execution.
The department says it will be up to his family whether the organs are donated after his death. It is unclear whether they would be viable when Phillips’ body is turned over to his family." (Source: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/11/12/ohio-death-row-inmate-denied-wish-to-donate-organs/)
On the "logistical challenges":
"It is unclear whether they [Phillips' vital organs] would be viable when Phillips’ body is turned over to his family." Well, they won't. Ask the Chinese army. They know how to execute people so that they will get (and sell) fresh organs for transplant...
Truth being: transplant surgeons ain't like magicians. They need to retrieve living organs for transplant - from a "dead" body. Ahem. Yes, it's a bit gory and creepy and maybe a tiny bit transgressive...
Solution to this problem: death row inmate has been cleared to give a non vital organ before the execution of his death sentence: a kidney. Then he'll be brought back to prison where he will be executed in July. Chinese army shoot prisonners in the head so they can be brain dead (but organs still living) and sell the organs for transplant. 10,000 transplants in China each year (guess how: executions, plus poor people selling a kidney...)
We read everyday in the press that this is about to change... Seriously?
This will change... when artificial organs will be available for transplant... Can't wait for 3D bioprinting... and preventive medicine thanks to genomics, the science of the human genome...
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