Death Row Organ Donation

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Death Row Organ Donation
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Absolutely. As long as appropriate safeguards are put in place to make sure it is voluntary.

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I'm not sure how they would do it since the drugs for lethal injection make most organs unusable. Human organs can last for a while outside the body, but not in a dead body. Gary Gilmore requested that his organs be donated, and he was executed by firing squad, and even with that only his corneas were suitable by the time his body was received at the hospital. It would basically require anesthetizing him in an operating room, removing everything, and then letting him die. I'm not sure you'd get many doctors, surgical nurses, or hospital boards to agree to that. That's one reason why I'm opposed to the death penalty. They get off so much easier than their victims. Sad

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If they could figure out a way to do it, I would not be opposed to it morally. I do not know how it would work out though.

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theortically I am all for it, if the person is willing. But somehow it feels a little ooky to me

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As an aside, there is a very interesting documentary on a death row inmate who donated his body to science. After his execution his body (he was in excellent physical shape) was sliced into thousands of extremely thin cross sections from the top of his head down to the soles of his feet. Each sliced was turned into an MRI image and then each image loaded on top of each other to create a perfect internal view of every part of the body. It was fascinating.

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There was another inmate who wanted to donate her organs for transplant. They couldn't do it.

Velma Barfield | Murderpedia, the encyclopedia of murderers

She was pronounced dead at 2.15 a.m., the execution having gone without any hitches. At 2.25 a.m. her body was whisked away by a waiting ambulance, past the crowds of pro and anti capital punishment demonstrators who had assembled outside the prison. She had requested that her organs be used for transplant purposes.

In fact this was not possible as heart had not been beating for 10 minutes and could not be restarted, although attempts were made to, by the transplant team. Her corneas and some skin tissue were able to be used.

If there was some way for the organ donation to happen, I am not against it, but I can't see how to make it happen.

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I think for it to have any chance of success it would have to be done in a way like Stacy describes - general anaesthesia first, removal, then lethal injection. But then you're bringing up the whole ethical thing about organ harvesting from live bodies. Major ick factor.