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Moral Dilemma #2 - the accident
« on: 2010-09-19 21:11:18 »
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You are an emergency worker that has just been called to the scene of an accident. When you arrive you see that the car belongs to your wife. Fearing the worst you rush over to see she is trapped in her car with another man.

She sees you and although barely conscious, she manages to mouth the words “I’m sorry”…

You don’t understand, but her look answers you question. The man next to her is her lover with whom she’s been having an affair.

You reel back in shock, devastated by what her eyes have just told you. As you step back, the wreck in front of you comes into focus. You see your wife is seriously hurt and she needs attention straight away. Even if she gets attention there’s a very high chance she’ll die.

You look at the seat next to her and see her lover. He’s bleeding heavily from a wound to the neck and you need to stem the flow of blood immediately. It will only take about 5 minutes to stop, but it will mean your wife will definitely die.

If you tend to your wife however, the man will bleed to death despite the fact it could have been avoided.

Who would you choose to work on?
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Re:Moral Dilemma #2 - the accident
« Reply #1 on: 2010-10-25 21:28:13 »
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I find it kind of curious as to why this one is such a "dilemma."  Triage 101 says you save the guy since it's more likely to work.  While you might want to save the wife first on general principles, the fact that you just found out she was having an affair (and, we assume via premise, aren't taking it well) you might not be as inclined to go to heroic measures on her behalf as you would if she had been faithful anyway, and you don't know at this point if the dude even knew  she was married. 
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Re:Moral Dilemma #2 - the accident
« Reply #2 on: 2010-10-26 10:15:15 »
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Quote from: localroger on 2010-10-25 21:28:13   

I find it kind of curious as to why this one is such a "dilemma."  Triage 101 says you save the guy since it's more likely to work.  While you might want to save the wife first on general principles, the fact that you just found out she was having an affair (and, we assume via premise, aren't taking it well) you might not be as inclined to go to heroic measures on her behalf as you would if she had been faithful anyway, and you don't know at this point if the dude even knew she was married. 

Yeah, I didn't think it was a dilemma either. Perhaps if it was the wife and a female friend of hers it might be more of a dilemma. Personal love vs. triage 101. But as presented, I'd be helping the guy and probably wouldn't be worrying afterwards whether I did the right thing for the wrong reason. Besides, I'd be curious to hear the steamy details with him over a beer later.
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