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Moral dilemma 5 - doctor

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Imagine that you are a Doctor.

You have five patients, each of whom has a terminal illness, each in a different major organ of the body.  Without transplants from suitable donors they will certainly die.

Now, another patient comes in for a routine check up and in the course of this you discover that they are a perfect match for each of the five other patients respectively, and that by taking their organs and transplanting them, you will have a 100 per cent certainty of saving those five people.  The one donor patient will die.

What should you do?

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