A Texas inmate who is set to be executed by lethal injection in less than 2 weeks (on July 13th) has submitted formal requests to postpone his execution so he could do something outstanding!
Gonzales is on death row after being convicted of fatally shooting Bridget Townsend, 18, of south-west Texas, in 2001.
“How can I give back life – I think this could be probably one of the closest things to doing that,” Gonzales said to the Marshall Project.
Gonzales’s lawyers requested a 30-day reprieve from Texas’s governor and a separate reprieve of 180 days.
Gozales came up with an idea to donate his kidney to those in dire need when he consulted with Michael Zoosman, a former prison chaplain and anti-death penalty activist, reported the Independent.
They have been going back and forth with letters, artwork and poetry since January 2021. Zoosman told Gonzales that a woman in his community is in dire search for a kidney, and Gonzales wanted to be that person.
“He jumped on it,” Zoosman told the Independent, adding that Gonzales wanted to find “a way of saving a life”.
After all, Gonzales was not a match for the woman, and he couldn’t do as he wanted, but nonetheless, he wanted to find ways to donate his kidney.
He is also a rare blood type, which could help those who have difficulty finding an eligible match.
“There has been no doubt in my mind that Ramiro’s desire to be an altruistic kidney donor is not motivated by a last-minute attempt to stop or delay his execution,” Zoosman wrote to the Associated Press. “I will go to my grave believing in my heart that this is something that Ramiro wants to do to help make his soul right with his God.”
The Texas criminal justice allows incarcerated people to donate their organs and tissues to those in need.
Gonzales was ineligible to donate after making a request earlier this year, and they did not provide a reason why.
The Texas pardons and paroles board is set to vote on Gonzales’s reprieve requests on 11 July.
Some may say he will do everything to prolong the life he has left, but others truly believe that Gozales wants to redeem for the crime he committed.
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