Doctor: Veins of obese Ohio inmate inaccessible

A condemned killer fighting his execution because of his extreme weight does not have accessible veins in his arms or hands and could not receive a lethal injection in his legs because he is so obese, a doctor said in a court filing.
Associated Press
Nov 10, 2012

Death row inmate Ronald Post wants a federal judge to stop his January execution on the grounds his weight could cause him to suffer severe pain during the procedure. The state opposes the request.

Ohio attorneys had criticized an earlier filing by Post based on an analysis by a doctor who didn't examine him.

Thursday's filing sought to counter that opposition by presenting the affidavit of a doctor who extensively examined Post and interviewed him about his medical history.

It is "highly unlikely" that an IV could be placed in Post's legs and "extremely unlikely" that veins could be found in his hands, Ohio State medical center anesthesiologist Sergio Bergese said in affidavit dated Oct. 31 and filed Thursday.

Post also has scars on his left and right forearms from a suicide attempt that make his veins inaccessible for an IV, Bergese said. Post weighs more than 400 pounds, the doctor said.

He said Post reported he has provided some blood samples in the past only after great difficulty. Bergese said providing blood samples is no guarantee that an IV could be inserted.

Post, 53, is scheduled to die Jan. 16 for the 1983 shooting death of Helen Vantz in Elyria.

Vantz's son, Bill Vantz, has called Post's arguments "laughable."

Post argues his weight, vein access, scar tissue, depression and other medical problems raise the likelihood his executioners would encounter severe problems.

Post's attorneys also want more time to pursue arguments that claims of a full confession by the inmate to several people have been falsely exaggerated.

Post has tried losing weight, but knee and back problems have made it difficult to exercise, according to his court filing.

Post's request for gastric bypass surgery has been denied, he has been encouraged not to walk because he's at risk for falling, and severe depression has contributed to his inability to limit how much he eats, his filing said.




How many more excuses is this man and his attorney going to give before January? The man is going to have to ACCEPT his fate and, if necessary, they can always do a "cutdown" to access the necessary "veins" in his neck area.

He has no "rights" as far as most people are concerned. He has been duly convicted of his crimes by a jury of his peers. Allowing him to get to this terrible weight is his fault and the fault of his jailers. He knew this was coming, so "man up" and accept it.

You are going to die and that is it. No reprieve was allowed your victim so why should you get one??

Put this insanity to an end. Put him on a diet between now and his date of execution of need be or do the "cutdown" procedure, but either way, this man gets what was prescribed by law.

His sympathy factor is nil on most people's sympathy meter.


He's pretty much saying :'I'm not in shape to be executed'.

Licorice Schtick

Solving the wrong problem. Find an artery - a big one - and just open it up. Not too painful, with a little local anethesia.


.50 cal will do the trick.


How about we just hang him !At 400# he won't suffer long.


I know where we can get a boat anchor chain! And a building we can use to hang him from, it needs to come down anyway.


Betcha I could find a vein...



Second Opinion

Starve him to death!


Don't have a year ;)


This slimeball is worried about severe pain and suffering well boo hoo, he didn't care what the victim and her family went through 25 years ago. Stick him in the jugular, and be done with it. I don't know how the slob got to be 400 pounds living on prison food to begin with.


@OHIOAN.... I was just going to post the same thing? he is in did he get that FAT!!!???? he better get what he has coming...he can stop whining... man up...its not fair you are still alive after 25 years anyways..the person you murdered hasn't been for 25 years!


How in the world did this man get up to 400 lbs in prison? He must eat very well and then some. Here's an idea. PUT HIM ON A DIET!!!


He probably ate his food and then ate some of the other prisoners food to get that fat. He did not care what he did to the person he killed.


Rare & great....we all agree. Please do like me & tell elected officials we in America need trash like this eliminated. Let's eliminate all upper third tier criminals nation-wide making America safer & less burdened by debt. They do not rate health care either.


one 9mm will save time and money and you don't need a vein to access, you will have all the access when you shoot him.


Let's not ask any more doctors about finding veins for an execution protocol. Instead, let's talk about how to treat prisoners humanely. That, of course, means adequate (or better) medical care. Let's pretend Fat Boy here needs dental surgery or some vericose veins stripped. Let's agree that performing such procedures without anesthetic would be cruel. So here's the question: Will Fat Boy be anesthetized for needed medical procedures, or will he not?

For those who are clueless and scared witless that someone so evil might actually suffer in any way, rest assured that Fat Boy will get perfectly good health care (better, in fact, than a lot of us on the "outside" can expect). He'll be treated humanely throughout the process, including anesthetics as needed. Whew, what a relief!

Now that we've got THAT settled, let's ask one of THOSE doctors to find a vein and get this the heck over with, shall we?


They get fat in prison because the food they are served is all high carbs. Cheap and it fills them up. They also can buy all the fattening foods they want from the commisary.


What a crock! I'd be curious to know how much he weighed when he killed his victim.


he's somebody's toy in the pokey. looks like he's been using kool aid mix for make up..


Cmon man ! Central line in his fat chest... push the drugs... Dead fat a$$

Taxed Enough Already

fat B@st@rd I know a few excellent veterinarians that could accommodate.


Does this rag smell like chloroform?


Obviously his mouth is working well. Here, take this, please tell me if it tastes like it smells!
(Almonds) : )


anyone thats been on a 500 calorie a day diet knows the weight comes down quickly,even without exercise, you also crave every kind of food, maybe that would be a horrible punishment,and he would beg for the final solution I.V. and beg them to find a vein, any vein.

My thoughts

Use that fat to our advantage--hang him!


Put him on a heart healthy diet til his heart stops.

Don S

By the majority. take him to the morgue and Shoot him in the head.


It's easy. Just throw a "for sure" overdose for his weight size of opiates in his meal that day. He'll fall asleep after eating. No pain. No bloody mess. Just a sweet dream.


This is ridiculous! Who in the world cares how this guy feels! No criminal should have ANY rights to anything after you have been convicted! You murdered this poor innocent defenseless woman. Accept your fate you dirt bag! The average cost of an inmate is $25,000 and the average cost of a student is $10,000. Tell me where our priorities are skewed! We need to change this. Our kids deserve better, not inmates. Why should they get great medical, three square meals, education, gym, play time, etc. they didn't take that into regards when they committed murders, rapes, or any violent crime.