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View Poll Results: Which would you do?
Let the daughter die to keep the son alive 4 30.77%
Give the daughter the son's lung and let him die sooner 9 69.23%
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House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 6th 2010, 01:17 AM

This thread has been labeled as containing spoilers. The contents of this thread might therefore describe important elements of a storyline that could ruin it for you. Please take this into consideration before continuing to read.

Like a lot of people, I'm a huge House fan. A week ago, the case on the show involved [sort-of spoilers here if you haven't seen yet] two siblings. The daughter was very sick and needed a new lung, but wasn't able to get one from the transplant committee (she'd rejected the first donor's). Her brother was a match, BUT, he had an incurable disease, the logistics of which meant that donating the lung would shorten his lifespan by half. (He was only expected to live to 25 or so to begin with.) So, the parents were faced with an impossible choice: let the daughter die, or shorten the son's life to save the daughter? What would you do?

[And if you know any more relevant details about the case, feel free to correct me.]



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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 6th 2010, 01:23 AM

Honestly, it would depend on what each kid thought about it. How old were they? Capable of having a say?


   
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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 6th 2010, 01:33 AM

Um, what disease did the son have? So he would only live to be 18/19 then? How could they know it would shorten the son's life? Depending on the disease, could it spread to the sister or could there be some future issue with the lung?
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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 6th 2010, 02:09 AM

It'd depend on the age of the children. For teenagers who could give imput, possibly. But younger children wouldn't understand.


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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 6th 2010, 03:02 AM

The daughter was around sixteen. The son, somewhere around the same.



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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 6th 2010, 03:15 AM

Honestly, I saw this episode, and the boy wanted his sister to live, and he wasn't long for the world anyways. So though it'd be extremely difficult, I'd respect the son's decision to sacrifice his lifespan for the daughter, who not only will live on further, but even keep her brother's spirit going, like she has been doing.


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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 6th 2010, 03:52 AM

If the son wanted to save the daughter, and already had a disease that was killing him, I would let him donate his lung, it is a very hard hard choice to make, and the family needs to really discuss this, the son also needs to make a competent and rational decision without feeling pressured at all. Man it is horrible but if he is going to die anyway, then they should try and save the daughter and give her a full life.
   
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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 6th 2010, 12:49 PM

Kill a pig and take it D=
Though I guess it depends on who would live for logner with it... there's always the chance of the transplant failing and everything...

If the daughter had the higher chance of living then let her have it.

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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 7th 2010, 11:07 PM

I think in this particular case, it was an extreme diagnosis. I have seen lab reports and usually sickle cell is one of the things the hospital I volunteer at tests for. I am pretty sure my last lab report at the hospital had it listed for something they tested for and I am Caucasian.

Another issue is that I am not entirely sure that the lung would give her a long life either and she'll live a similarly short life depending on exactly what kind of muscular dystrophy her brother has.

I think it would be a good call to do the transplant because the sister and brother are very close from what the episode summary says.
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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 8th 2010, 05:46 PM

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Honestly, I saw this episode, and the boy wanted his sister to live, and he wasn't long for the world anyways. So though it'd be extremely difficult, I'd respect the son's decision to sacrifice his lifespan for the daughter, who not only will live on further, but even keep her brother's spirit going, like she has been doing.
This. And I'd make damn sure the time my son had left he was able to spend it living to the fullest and doing whatever the hell he wanted.


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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 8th 2010, 06:09 PM

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Honestly, I saw this episode, and the boy wanted his sister to live, and he wasn't long for the world anyways. So though it'd be extremely difficult, I'd respect the son's decision to sacrifice his lifespan for the daughter, who not only will live on further, but even keep her brother's spirit going, like she has been doing.
I agree with this.
It would be such a hard choice as a Mother though.
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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 8th 2010, 06:50 PM

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I agree with this.
It would be such a hard choice as a Mother though.
What if she rejected it though?
Then House would be worse off than he has been..?

But seriously, I'd imagine if it rejected, well, they'd figure something out. Perhaps even transferring it back to the son? I don't know if that'd work realistically, but idealistically its there.


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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 9th 2010, 03:13 AM

This is a tough one. I would let the daughter die and keep the son alive because the daughter felt the way I felt about my sister. I'd rather die before my sister, and if my sister was in a wheel chair...then I wouldn't want to put more on her plate. I'd let my death be motivation for her to strive for greatness, maybe not physically (even though a lot of people who are confined to wheel chairs are strong as hell and athletic) but mentally and such. To me, it'd be kind of "selfish" to shorten my sister's life because of me. I'd want my sister to be alive for as long as possible.
   
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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 10th 2010, 03:10 AM

That should becompletely the son's decision. It's his body and he has the right to make decisions about his own body.


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Re: House: Sacrificing one child for another - October 10th 2010, 01:17 PM

very hard situation but there's always a solution to medical problems where you get trapped like in this one. if i had to choose, i'd leave it all to the son to decide. if he wanted to give his lung to keep his sister alive, why not? he's mature enough to know what's waiting for him. both choices would make the same result, losing one of them sooner. and what if the operation fails and we lose both of them? really depends on the possibilities.


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