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User currently offlineDavid B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 854 times:

What would you do If you were a doctor. There are two newborn infants in need of a bone-marrow transplant.
Both are born at the same time to different parents.
The health of both are poor and getting worst. If they dont get the transplant soon, both will die. Both are in the same state of health and gwtting worst at the same rate. Now the problem is that there is only enough for one baby for some reason. There is no time to wait for another donor. What would you do? Play God and save one while letting the other one die? Or wait until one passes away then help the surivor? I know that in some of these cases the doctors would play god.

I ask one of my friends this and he couldn't come up with a definite answer.


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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 835 times:

From a medical point of view, the question is nonsense. There is always enough bone-marrow for two infants, as I think they always take bone-marrow more than enough for one adult, so it surely is enough for two infants (at least enough until they get a second donor).

Back to your question, I would surely save one infant's life. I wonder how anybody could come to another decission? Waiting until one passes away - stupid.


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 816 times:

I would transplant into one infant and pray for them both, because bone marrow transplants aren't always successful anyway!

redngold



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User currently offlineTransactoid From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 788 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 792 times:

Neither.

I'd give it to an older child who knows he/she is dying.


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5111 posts, RR: 21
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 782 times:

Good call Transactoid! I agree wholeheartedly.


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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 765 times:

Transactoid: Once again I ask you to have a more medical point of view! How many people do you think are there who need the bone-marrow with the exactly identical (at least similar) DNA-code? Come on, chances to find *anybody* are really little, there is not the choice between dozens of people whom you would give the bone-marrow!

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