Regarding his actual application to become a donor of organs, the Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a statement from his office: “Ronald Phillips committed a heinous crime for which he will face the death penalty. I realize this is a bit of uncharted territory for Ohio, but if another life can be saved by his willingness to donate his organs and tissues than we should allow for that to happen.”
Phillips requested that his heart to be given to his sister and one or both of his kidneys to go to his mother who is actually on dialysis treatment. He also granted access to his organs to anyone specifying he wants “to enable as many people as possible to benefit from his death.’
At this time, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction denied his request for pre-execution donation and also the post-execution same procedure. However, they specified that is to consider “organ donation to be a private matter between Mr. Phillips, his family and his attorneys.