Monday, November 21, 2005
The situation: Imagine that you are in a small hospital in a
poor part of the world which has only a limited number of
beds.There are three patients who require urgent medical
treatment, however, there is only one place available.
You are the head of paediatrics. You have in your care a
seriously ill young girl who needs an operation on her spine.
If she does not have an operation within the next 48 hours
it is almost certain she will be paralysed from the waist
You are a neurologist. You have in your care a sick pregnant
woman who must undergo brain surgery to remove a tumour.
Without the operation her chances of survival are 50/50.
You are the local GP. You have in yout care a father of three.
The man has a heart condition caused by heavy smoking. If he
doesn't have open-heart surgery immediately he is likely to suffer
a heart attack and possibly die.
Who gets the operation ?