Child killer Ronald Phillips' organ donation wish perplexes

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The stay of execution for a convicted Ohio child killer seeking to donate his organs is posing perplexing ethical and medical questions that pit demand for life-saving transplants against the goals of incarceration.

With less than a day to go, Gov. John Kasich postponed 40-year-old Ronald Phillips' execution Wednesday as the state assesses his last-minute request.

Phillips had asked to give a kidney and his heart to ailing relatives.

Medical ethicist Arthur Caplan of New York University says "there's a kind of redemption" in organ donation that conflicts with prison's goal of stripping criminals of societal privileges.

Mater Alexander, a liver transplant recipient from suburban Columbus, says inmates should be encouraged to do something good before they die.

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