Moral Dilemma 6

Heather is part of a four-person mining expedition. There is a cave-in and the four of them are trapped in the mine. A rock has crushed the legs of one of her crew members and he will die without medical attention. She’s established radio contact with the rescue team and learned it will be 36 hours before the first drill can reach the space she is trapped in. She is able to calculate that this space has just enough oxygen for three people to survive for 36 hours, but definitely not enough for four people. The only way to save the other crew members is to refuse medical aid to the injured crew member so that there will be just enough oxygen for the rest of the crew to survive. Should Heather allow the injured crew member to die in order to save the lives of the remaining crew members?


27 comments on “Moral Dilemma 6

  1. Rafael Eulalio says:

    As weird as it might sound, I don’t think they should take the life of one to save all of the others. I think that, somehow, they should take turns, and while one persons breathes for about 20 seconds and not taking deep breaths, the others hold their breath. If they kept switching places and doing that, maybe they’d be able to survive for the 36 hours.

  2. Will Spring says:

    I think they should let the guy die so that the rest of them can survive. That would be the only way everyone else can make it out alive.

  3. eli jones says:

    Heather should first discuss among the crew members what should be done..There only two options are to let their crew member who is injured die, or we all die as a squad. If they do not wanna choose I say we die as a squad because most likely ima die for my squad

  4. stephan dorcely says:

    I would honostly allow him to live or id give him the choice and basically discuss if we should let him live or not and also calculate how much time worth the oxygen we have.

  5. Zulmarie Clemente says:

    I think they should let the crew member that is injured to die because its better to save three people then let 4 people die because we don’t want to kill the guy.

  6. Michael DeCastro says:

    In this situation Heather should have asked the trapped member under the rock if he was willing to die to save the other three members. Then Heather should ask the other two member of they should let the trapped member die.

  7. Jar Jar Bink says:

    I would make it the injured persons choice whether he wants to die instantly or die waiting attempting to survive. While waiting we would dig our way out to help expand the hole so we get more air and the help team is there faster.

  8. i think that we should die together because we started the whole thing together why not finish the whole think together, what are we going to say to the cops when they ask us how she die.

  9. joey says:

    depending on the relation between me and the guy that got his leg caught if we are close then id try my best to save him, if i really don’t know him my life is more important then a strangers.

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  11. Ashly Sosa says:

    Somehow they can survive until those 36 hours. They shouldn’t just let him die like that.

    • Lawrence Abdul-Price says:

      heather should kill the wounded because ONLY THE STRONG SHALL SURVIVE AND THE WEEK FALL BY THE WAIST SIDE why keep someone who is practiclly die and that would never walk again that person that is hurt will only hurt them and make the group week so eliminate the week link

  12. Siara says:

    To be honest this is a tough question to answer. I honestly don’t know what to do. I wouldn’t want the injured crew member to die but I wouldn’t want the other 3 members to die either. So I honestly don’t know.

  13. Nayara Goncalves says:

    I think they should let the guy die beacuse it will be hard to let them take turns and getting the oxgen. One person will probably come out and want to take more of the oxgen for him or herself. So to make that not happen sadly it would be best for the guy to die. Also there is more then one person so it would be better to kill one person then three people.

  14. Nina G says:

    if i was her i would, let the person die so the 3 can survive better then all of them die by no oxygen.

  15. Mallory Orozco says:

    I will make an attempt to save the guy but if time is running out and we are all about to die then he will be gone.

  16. aliah michelle says:

    he could survive , they shouldnt just let him die

  17. Janaya Richards says:

    i think that they should kill that one person because he is already hurt and it makes no sense for all of them to die for that one person. Also i feel like he should be put out of his misery because of his pain so just let him die.

  18. smooches says:

    I don’t know because i would want to save him but at the same time if they don’t leave him they could die.

  19. denilson says:

    If i was in this situation i would die trying saying both sides. It is not right to choose weather or not somebody lives or dies.

  20. Dave Manasse says:

    The should kill the guy because. three person can’t die because of one. I know that they are going to die in 36 hours but by the time they probably gonna get some help

  21. Nakia St.Fleur says:

    Heather should let the guy with the harmed leg die. This is a difficult question, because what if they benefit from the guy that they kill. I dont know, honestly .

  22. Johnathan Johnson says:

    I would save the guy. I think its the right thing to do and how can you calculate how much oxygen there is in a cave. Theirs no telling how much oxygen there is. Besides if we went on the expedition we knew the risk. The important thing is to live as long as you can and if there is no oxygen left and the team doesn’t reach in time, o well were dying boohoo stuff happens.

  23. john christopher blanc says:

    to be honest it would all come down to who can last the longest. In this situation the guy with the broken leg will die. Let one person die instead killing all four people.

  24. steven says:

    i would of left that member there because i will not take someone else life for mind. i really wouldn’t care about the other people.

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