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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mccune Notetaker on Friday January 8, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to BIO 108 at University of Missouri - Kansas City taught by Dr.Benevides in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 23 views. For similar materials see General Biology I in Biology at University of Missouri - Kansas City.


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Date Created: 01/08/16
It is not ethical to allow one man to die in order to potentially save the life of five when it is unclear whether it will do any good at all. There are too many uncertainties to know what the  outcome of the situation will be if his organs are left alone or transferred. The five potential  recipients of his organs do not have a guaranteed survival even upon receiving said organs. Their fates are as unsure as that of the potential donor. The donor may survive if given the same care  that is being exerted towards the five patients that have been deemed more likely to live. If his  organs are transferred to the five patients and none survive, his life will have been forfeited with  no benefit to anyone. If his organs are taken and he would have lived if only given the benefit of  the doubt, then all he could have been or done is taken away. He is not only deprived of his life  but all he has or could have aspired to be. All the patients have a chance of survival, however  minimal in some cases that may be. Therefore, all of their lives must be held in equal standing.  Simply because the five have a better chance than the one does not mean that what is in their best interest outweighs what is in the single patient’s best interest. The wants of the many cannot be  allowed to overpower those of the few. Just because the majority wish it to be so does not mean  the minority should be trampled upon. As the individuals in charge of all six patient’s medical care it is our duty to ensure the  best care for all of our charges. We cannot simply sacrifice one man, who has been entrusted in  our care, in order to better the chances of the others. To do so would violate the trust that lies  between patient and care provider. The security that one’s life is protected by those tasked with  preserving it would be lost in the possibility that said life may be weighed less as opposed to  those with better outlooks of survival. The only reason his organs could be justly donated was if  it was determined beyond any doubt that he was going to die and the other patients would live  only with the transplant. It is not the job of a medical professional to decide who lives and who  dies, but to try and save every life that comes into their care. To play the part of executioner in  the name of saving the many undermines the underlying goal of the healthcare profession, to  preserve the life of each person even when the endeavor seems hopeless.


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