You are members of the heart transplant surgery team at a university hospital in Washington, D.C. At the moment you have six patients who desperatelyneed a transplant, if they are to have any chance of living. All six patients could die at any time.
You have just received the news that the heart of a 16-year-old boy,who was killed in an auto accident, has become available.
Speed is extremely important as you decide which of the following patients is to receive the heart: not only mightone of the patients die, but also the donor heart will soon begin to deteriorate.
For each patient think of:
Reasons he should receive the heart:
Reasons he should notreceive the heart:
Conclusion of heart transplant team:
1. Jonas Kasperak, male, age 55.
Mr. Kasperak is employed as a steelworker. He and his 47-year-old unemployedwife have seven children (ages 8-22).
2. Elena Rodriguez, female, age 31.
Ms. Rodriguez sings first soprano in the Washington Metropolitan Opera. She is divorced andhas two children (ages 2 and 3).
3. Franklin Johns, male, age 42.
Mr. Johns, a research scientist at George Washington University, is the leading expert in the world onbacteriological diseases. He is unmarried.
4. Carlos Wahnon, male, age 10.
Carlos, the son of the Venezuelan Ambassador, is a student in an elementary school. Whenhe grows up, he wants to be a doctor.
5. F. Lincoln Bradley, male, age 65.
Mr. Bradley is the Vice President of the U.S. He is the father of three grown children, andthe grandfather of five.
6. Helen Jackson, female, age 39.
Mrs. Jackson, a recent widow, is unemployed and on welfare. She has three children (ages 4, 8, 10).