Memorandum: Ethics and Devoted Family Man

Topics: Ethics, Morality, Philosophy Pages: 2 (550 words) Published: August 25, 2013
From: Student
Re:Heart Transplant!
There is only one heart transplant available and there are a total of three patients waiting for a new heart. Normally I would first go down by a waiting list but there is not one provided. Then I would go by which is the best suitor for the heart, such as size, blood type, etc. But since there is not a list and no other known facts I have to assume they all fit the description equally and have been waiting for a heart transplant during the same time period. The first patient is 55 year old Jerry who is a devoted family man. A transplant can add 10-15 years to his life. Although he needs a new heart due to the fact he took steroids during his body building phase in his 20’s we can’t hold that against him since back then no one had no knowledge of steroids as there is now, such as the harm that can be done by taking them. “We can’t classify the acts in the distant past as ethical or morally neutral, even though people thought them so. On the other hand, it doesn’t seem reasonable to say the acts were unethical, because the people who performed them had no way of knowing the harm that would result.” (Ruggiero 61) Our second patient is young Lisa, a 12 year old girl who has suffered health issues all her life. With a transplant for young Lisa, the facts are that even with a new heart her chances of surviving in her 20’s are not good. Her father is a Dr. Jonathan Doe, a respected oncologist here in the same hospital. He wants us to do all he can for his daughter and is offering to give the hospital two million dollars which we could really use around here. “…it is unethical for payment to be offered or accepted…”. (Ruggiero 19) The last patient is 38 year old Ozzy. He was a drug abuser which is why he needs a heart transplant. A new heart can add 10+ years to his life if he stays clean but will not live out this month without one. Recently he has been helping troubled teens and has...
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