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The suicide of cop-killer Eric Knysz may save others


JACKSON (WKZO) -- The harvest of convicted cop killer Eric Knysz’s organs could begin anytime  after tests revealed Tuesday that he was clinically dead and only being kept alive by a ventilator.

Since then doctors have been testing for compatibility and infectious diseases and lining up recipients for the seven organs that appear to be viable.

All those recipients have to be found and prepped for surgery at their local hospitals and transportation arranged for the organs before the harvesting and the transplantations can begin.

Knysz had apparently expressed a wish that his organs be donated some time ago, but probably never dreamed it would happen under these circumstances.

He tried to hang himself earlier this week after he was sentenced for the murder of State Trooper Paul Butterfield last week.

Would you be willing to receive an organ from Eric Knysz? Would you want to see through the corneas of a killer, or have his heart transplanted into your chest?

Surveys were conducted just last year by University of Michigan researcher Susan Gelman and others, who asked respondents in the U.S. and in India how they would feel about getting a transplant from someone who was quite different, including murderers.

About half the respondents were afraid that their personalities would be negatively effected.

Doctors say personalities don’t transfer, but HIV, Hepatitis and other diseases can, and that’s why they do extensive testing before they proceed.  .

Of course a survey of folks on the waiting list for a new organ might have very different results. Every 90-minutes someone dies waiting.