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death row transplantation 


(1) The hypothetical transplantation of an organ into a person on death row, who has been sentenced to death for committing a capital offence.

This type of transplantation is a hot button issue that evokes outrage by members of the public who feel that such prisoners get better care than their victims.


2) The hypothetical (in the USA) harvesting of organs from prisoners on death row for transplantation to those needing a heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, etc.

The debate over death row inmates as organ donors hinges on

• The ethics of potential coercion of these prisoners and

• The suitability (HBV, HCV- and HIV-negativity) of their tissues. 

Executed prisoners once provided 2/3 of organs “donations” in China, a practice which was said to have ended in 2014. Some cynics believe that it continues–c’mon guys, this is China–they’ve just stopped talking about it. 

Reference Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 June; 93(6): 1773–1779.
doi:  10.1016/j.athoracsur.2012.03.003

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