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Kasich Stays Execution in Light of Possible Organ Donation

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Ohio Governor John Kasich delayed a condemned killer’s execution on Wednesday to study the feasibility of allowing the man to donate his organs. 

Gov. Kasich’s decision came less than twenty-four hours before Ronald Phillips was scheduled to be killed for raping and killing his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter in Akron in 1993. His lethal injection using a two-drug combination untried in the U.S. has been reset to July 2.

Gov. Kasich said he wants to allow time to study Phillips’ request to see if it can help someone else. He added that while Phillips’ crime was heinous, his willingness to donate organs and tissue could save another life and the state should try to accommodate a donation. 

If Phillips is a viable donor to his mother or others awaiting organ transplants of non-vital organs, those procedures would be performed, and then he would be returned to death row. It appears that Phillips’ offer to donate his heart to his sister, who suffers a heart ailment, would not be possible under the governor’s directive since the heart is a vital organ. 

Phillips made his request to be an organ donor on Monday. He says it wasn’t a delay tactic but an attempt to do good.

State officials denied the request on Tuesday, saying a host of logistical and security issues made it unworkable. A spokeswoman said the department moved swiftly to evaluate the request but determined it was not equipped to accommodate pre- or post-execution organ donations.

Phillips had been moved to Ohio’s death house Wednesday, but a prisons spokeswoman said Phillips will be returned to death row to await the assessment’s findings.

Via nbc4i.com.

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