The Accident

You are an emergency worker and arrive at the scene of a serious car accident.  You quickly recognize the car as your wife’s.  As you make your way over to the car, you notice another man in the car with your wife.  Your wife sees you and mouth’s to you the words, “I’m sorry”.  You are baffled at this, but her look confirms the worst.  She is having an affair; the man in the car is her lover.

Your wife is seriously hurt and needs attention immediately.  Even if she is administered care, there is a high likelihood that she will still die.  The man in the seat next to her is only bleeding heavily from a neck wound.  The flow of blood must be stopped immediately if he is to live.  It will only take a few minutes to stop his bleeding, but this means that your wife will surely die. Who do you choose to administer care to in this moral dilemma?  Does it matter that the chances of survival for each patient is quite different?  Does this recent discovery of your wife’s affair affect your decision?

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Joan
July 23rd, 2009 8:54 pm

Thanks for posting about this, I would like to read more about this topic.

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