Ohio Doesn't Pay For Prisoner Organ Donations

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - One of the biggest obstacles for an Ohio death row inmate who wants to donate organs to his family is paying for a procedure not covered by prison policies.

Rules adopted by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for inmate organ donation make the costs the responsibility of the inmate or the recipient.

Attorneys for condemned killer Ronald Phillips haven't yet addressed how he might pay for donating a kidney to his mother or his heart to his sister.

The average cost of a kidney donation is about $260,000, while a heart transplant is close to $1 million.

Ohio's policies require compatibility testing by the prisons agency with the surgery performed at the Ohio State University medical center.

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