Child Killer's Last Request Before Execution Is Surprisingly Sweet

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Ronald PhillipsAre you an organ donor? Did you feel a little charge of warm and gushy feelings when you checked that little box on your license, knowing you're a good person? Well, get in line, buddy -- right behind convicted child killer and Ohio death row inmate Ronald Phillips. He's scheduled to die by lethal injection in a few days, but first he wants to donate his organs.

Wait, what? It's such a nice gesture ... from a death row inmate, it's hard to believe it's real. But it is.

Phillips would prefer his organs go to his mom and sister -- mom is in kidney failure, sis has a heart condition -- but really anyone one will do if he's not a match for his family. Just so he does a little good in this world. That is if it's possible for a man on death row for raping and killing a 3-year-old to do some good.

It's a tough question, isn't it?

There's no way to erase a horror that awful. A child is dead, and she isn't coming back. That said, we can always use more good in this world, can't we? Especially in light of crimes like Phillps' that happen every day?

Phillips was sentenced to die for the rape and death of his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter back in 1999. Up until last week, the 40-year-old was pushing for mercy from the courts, but now that the Ohio governor has said no way, he's taken the "donate my organs" path.

Kidney donation can be done from a living donor, and surgery to do it would likely put off the execution, but Phillips' lawyers claim this isn't a diversionary tactic. He's willing to let it all happen after death.

Maybe it's true, and it's all on the up and up.

And then again, maybe it's not, but still, at least two people could have a better life because of this guy. Considering all he's done wrong, doesn't he owe the world that? Owe us something better?

This wouldn't be the first time the thought of making death row inmates' lives count for something more has been brought up. The idea of having inmates donate their organs is bandied about during many death row debates, but it's often held back by the concept of the inmate's right to choose what happens to his body. Even a criminal's dead body deserves some respect; if only for their family.

But here we don't have that problem. We have a man who is willing to sign on the dotted line. The ethical dilemmas are gone, and now we face only the logistical ones: should a state adjust its methods of execution for a killer if they're willing to give life to others?

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, "an average of 18 people die each day waiting for transplants that can't take place because of the shortage of donated organs." If we have inmates like Phillips who are willing to help cut that number, is it worth it to give them that chance? Even if it does give them some kind of good karma into the afterlife?

As mentioned earlier, nothing will erase what a man like Phillips has done to an innocent child. But then, the people who stand to gain from his organ donations are innocent too. Shouldn't we think about them?

How would you feel about taking an organ from a man on death row?


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Katha... Katharine205

Life is life, an organ is an organ and I think people with no alternative will gladly accept it.  As for this guy, redemption is always possible.  Doesn't mean he doesn't have to serve out his sentence, and doesn't mean he should ever be trusted but it could mean that there is some good to him (now at least).  If God can save Saul, God can save all.

nonmember avatar Anowscara

Your brain is the organ that makes you who you are. If I ever had the choice to accept an organ from a condemned prisoner, I would hope their choice to do something good would be part of their reformation, which is what prison is all about.

Sarah... SarahHall58

I think it's great that he wants to do that.

fave82 fave82

I think it definitely should be an option bit that the recipient should be aware and have the option to deny it if their not comfortable.

Beth McCormack Bernitt

I  think they should do the surgery and the execution back to back so he doesn't wake up. I have a friend that needs his kidney  and a nephew that may some day need a kidney to continue his life. So the source isn't an issue. In some unethical Countries they sell off their inmates organs,so prison is like a resource pool for them...not saying that is a good thing.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

There's actuality a lawmaker here in my state trying get a law passed that allows death row inmates to donate organs. I'm personally for it so long as it's the inmates choice and not done with out his permission.

the4m... the4mutts

If someone is in need, who cares where it comes from? If my child needed an organ, I wouldnt care if it came from a disgusting prisoner, or a poor innocent woman who died getting hit by a drunk driver.

That may sound calloused, but my children come first. I wouldnt deny them a life saving procedure, just because the necessary parts came from questionable sources.

I am a registered organ donor. I dont find it generous, as much as pragmatic. Why not use it? I wont need it anymore

nonmember avatar Kristi

I would actually go so far as to say inmates on death row should be REQUIRED to donate their organs.

nonmember avatar That Girl

I whole heartedly agree with Kristi!

IAmom... IAmomOF3boys

Donating your organs is a wonderful thing to do no matter who you are. I am glad he is willing to donate them. However an article stating that a man who brutally raped and murdered a 3 year old is sweet for donating his organs is fucked up. You know what would of been sweet? Him not brutally raping and murdering a 3 year old. 

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