Judge to allow serial killer to donate kidney

Associated Press
Published March 19, 2006

NEWARK, N.J. - A judge has agreed to allow New Jersey's worst serial killer to donate a kidney, but the donor and his doctors have to meet conditions.

Superior Court Judge Paul W. Armstrong did not say when Charles Cullen might undergo the operation to remove one of his kidneys to be transplanted into the relative of a friend.

Cullen has admitted killing 29 patients with drug overdoses at nursing homes and hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has been sentenced to 18 life terms.

The judge's order stipulates that all operation costs must be paid by the recipient's insurer.

Also, the surgery to remove Cullen's kidney must happen in New Jersey at a hospital certified by the state Department of Corrections, and the doctors who perform the operation must be certified by the state Board of Medical Examiners.

Cullen, 46, escaped the death penalty after agreeing to help prosecutors identify his victims.