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Convicted Rapist Could Have Received $800K Heart Transplant

Convicted Rapist Could Have Received $800K Heart Transplant

Kenneth Pike

Associated Press

April 26, 2011

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The sister of a New York state prison inmate serving time for raping a 12-year-old female relative in 1996 says her brother has turned down a heart transplant.

Kenneth Pike was flown from Coxsackie prison to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester last week for a transplant revaluation. The Department of Corrections confirmed Monday that Pike was being evaluated.

But later Monday, Pike’s sister, Sharon Cardinal of Auburn, told media outlets that her brother had changed his mind about the transplant after news reports sparked a debate over inmates receiving organ transplants at taxpayers’ expense.

The procedure could have cost up to $800,000.

The 55-year-old Pike is serving an 18- to 40-year sentence for rape. Another relative says he recently underwent a triple bypass and would likely die without a transplant.


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    Gerard04363

    almost 3 years ago

    54 Comments

    since he was covicted and would never see the outside again, even if he was in good health, I woul;d spend 60 cents or so and be done with it,
    my unborn grandchild could go to work for the prison system and retire and this criminal will still be costing the tax payer money,

    Is there something wrong with this picture?

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    rsironron

    almost 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    This perp made a good choice.

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    granny1

    almost 3 years ago

    1448 Comments

    he should have his heart cut out period.

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    dinapooh

    almost 3 years ago

    520 Comments

    I totally agree with you guys.

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    scootyboy2

    almost 3 years ago

    6 Comments

    He didn't have a heart when he raped the 12 y/o why give him one now???

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    Alicopwannabe

    almost 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    He deserved a death penalty in the first place ! Listen guys, he raped a girl... There is no difference between raping a girl or killing her. I bet you the girl is dead inside, she will never forget that and she will have problems for the rest of her life

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    gheil

    almost 3 years ago

    478 Comments

    Let nature take its course... If the heart gives out, oh well

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    Avacop310

    almost 3 years ago

    476 Comments

    BUMP, mccord17 x2!

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    OlympicJoy

    almost 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    That is rediculous that anyone would expect taxpayers to pay for that!

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    Omarra67

    almost 3 years ago

    2284 Comments

    "...he would likely die without a transplant." Oh well.

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    Ya dont think taxpayers should pay for that. He caused so much harm to a child and for that he should well never mind I think you all know.

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    Gunns

    almost 3 years ago

    5224 Comments

    He finally made a good decision.

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    symbolpeace

    almost 3 years ago

    98 Comments

    Why is the State relegated to giving felony criminals aaa+ medical ? / i have to thank pike for turning it down but i still doesn't explain the taxpayers expense of such a complicated and especially Expensive proceedure.

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    symbolpeace

    almost 3 years ago

    98 Comments

    He is in Prison for committing a felony crime, rape of a minor no less an they are actually going to give him a heart transplant ? / it doesn't make sense to me, im really scratchin my head on this one

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    Dewrah

    almost 3 years ago

    270 Comments

    This guy committed an unspeakable crime, though it is clear that he is at least still human and wishes that another person be granted the chance to live rather than he. Though I obviously don't condone the actions that put him in there, nor believe that this makes up for it, I will recognize the humanity behind his action.

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