Saw a moral dilemma post yesterday, so I thought this would be a good one.
You are a doctor at a top hospital. You have six gravely ill patients, five of whom are in urgent need of organ transplants. You can’t help them, though, because there are no available organs that can be used to save their lives. The sixth patient, however, will die without a particular medicine. If s/he dies, you will be able to save the other five patients by using the organs of patient 6, who is an organ donor. What do you do?
- Keep patient 6 comfortable, but do not give him the medical care that could save his life in order to save the other five patients.Vote A
- Save patient 6 and let the other five die; it’s unfortunate, but that’s not your call to make.Vote B
Most Helpful Guy
The meds are avalable to save patient 6 . My ethics as a Dr dictate she will live.3
Most Helpful Girl
Purposely choosing to allow patient six to die for the sake of others is the equivalent of murder. One person's life doesn't suddenly become meaningless because of the needs of others. As a doctor it is your duty to help any and all patients within your abilities and if you have the ability to save patient six you must.2