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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Man on Death Row's Request to Donate Organs Denied

DeathrowA 40-year-old man on death row requested to donate his organs to his mother and sister. The man is convicted of raping and murdering a three-year-old little girl. He was hoping to give his sister his heart and his mother who is battling kidney disease a new kidney. However, the attorney for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction denied the request and stated "Although DRC recognizes that organ donation is a laudable goal, DRC is not equipped to facilitate organ donation for Mr. Phillips. DRC respectfully declines your request for post-execution organ donation. DRC considers organ donation to be a private matter between Mr. Phillips, his family and his attorneys." Although the letter also indicated that that post mortem, the family could pursue organ donation.

See Graham Winch, Man Set For Execution Can't Donate Organs, HLNTV, Nov. 13, 2013.


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