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Death row inmate denied surgery

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) - Request denied.

Two hospitals refuse to perform hip replacement surgery on a Kentucky death row inmate convicted of killing six people.

According to the Associated Press, the University of Louisville Hospital and the University of Kentucky Medical Center are the institutions that rejected requests to perform a $56,000 hip replacement surgery on death row inmate Robert Foley.

Foley, whose execution date could come this year, was convicted of killing six people in eastern Kentucky in the late 80's, early 90's.

Several Kentucky residents believe he doesn't deserve the surgery.

"I think if he's going to be executed I don't see a point as to why he should get a hip replacement," said Kentucky resident Paul Maclin.

"I do think we should give people proper healthcare but I don't deem it a responsible decision if he's going to be executed by the end of the year," said Kentucky resident Robert Gassman.

"If you're just about to be executed, then I mean you're going to be in a lot of pain regardless from recovery so why need it?" Kentucky resident Dick Starr told WDRB.

"I don't think that's a luxury he should be afforded at this point. He's getting ready to go. What good is it really going to do him?" said Kentucky resident Lyric Angus.

Others WDRB talked to were on the fence about it, saying it depends who foots the bill.

Kentuckian Bobby Wood says if the state finds a hospital willing to pay for the surgery, then why not allow it?

"He's still a man. I mean what he did is certainly not forgivable. He's paying the price, Bobby Wood told WDRB.

Wood says he believes in equal and fair treatment.

"If someone had a condition that could be treated within the walls of the prison, they would be given that treatment whether they were there for 6 months, 6 years, 60 years or whatever," Wood continued.

According to the Associated Press, the hospital's denials leave Foley's immediate future in limbo.

WDRB contacted both health institutions and was denied interviews but given statements.

U of L Hospital said:

"Patient privacy laws prohibit us from commenting on the specifics of any individual patient case."

UK Medical Center simply declined the interview "due to logistical and safety concerns."

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