Alva Campbell, 69, will lie on the pillow as a three-drug cocktail will be administered to execute Campbell after he was convicted for the kidnapping and killing of an 18-year-old Columbus man. Campbell was on parole at the time after being charged with aggravated murder from a 1972 killing.
Campbell has asked the US Supreme Court to stop his execution, saying he is too ill to execute.
A sick OH inmate will receive a wedge-shaped pillow to help him breathe as he's put to death this week, officials said.
An ailing death row inmate in OH scheduled to be executed this week will get a pillow to help him breathe, officials said.
Dr James McWeeney noted that there were no objective findings, such as increased pulse rate or breathing, to verify Campbell's anxiety, WCPO reported.
Campbell has severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder as the result of a decades-long two-pack-a-day smoking habit. However, he recommended allowing Campbell to lie "in a semi-recumbent position" during the execution.
An exam also failed to find veins suitable for inserting an IV on either of Campbell's arms.
Earlier this month, Campbell lost a bid to be executed by firing squad after a federal judge questioned whether lawmakers would enact the bill needed to allow the method.
Prisons spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said the agency is assessing the inmate's medical condition and history to figure out any necessary accommodations.
Campbell, who has a lengthy arrest record, first went to jail in 1967, when he was 19 years old, for shooting a state trooper, Dayton Daily News reported.
On April 2, 1997, Campbell was in a wheelchair when he overpowered a Franklin County sheriff's deputy on the way to a court hearing on several armed robbery charges, records show.
Prosecutors say his health claims are ironic given he faked paralysis to escape court custody the day he killed a teenager during a carjacking.
Campbell was regularly beaten, sexually abused and tortured as a child, his attorneys have argued in court filings and before the Ohio Parole Board.
Alva Campbell is scheduled to be executed on November 15.
The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says Tuesday that the brother and sister of Charles Dials will be in the witness area on Wednesday to watch condemned inmate Alva Campbell be put to death.
Republican Ohio Gov John Kasich rejected mercy for Campbell last week.