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Originally posted by Dumbass
That is not Karma...
[edit on 19-7-2010 by Dumbass]
Originally posted by Bobbox1980
An off-duty EMT choosing not to help does not make him evil.
Kicking the woman in the stomach while she was on the ground gasping for air would be evil.
Giving the woman your inhaler hoping it would help her asthma would be good.
Doing nothing is neutral. It is no different than if the EMT had gone to a coffee shop across town instead.
It sucks that this woman and her unborn child died. Without the proper medicine it was probably inevitable.
Although I could imagine the pregnant woman being in distress seeing an off-duty EMT and when the EMT didn't help becoming even more distressed exacerbating her condition.
I can only imagine what Superman's mental state would be in this world with everyone demanding his help and taking it for granted.
Originally posted by zerbot565
any old plastic or paper bag would have saved her and the childs life
Originally posted by mf_luder
Well said LadySkadi, and that also points to where he's from. You said NY, right? I'm honestly not surprised he ignored a dying woman. Fits right in there up in the NE, apparently.
Originally posted by DrChuck
reply to post by fixer1967
No need to rethink my choice of profession, I came into medicine wanting to help anyone at anytime. Its a noble profession which should obligate its practitioners to uphold the responsibilities of helping and caring for humanity. But when the law gets in the way we are lodged between a rock and hard place. It is the law that prevents medical professionals from performing at their highest potential and at the greatest benefit to patients.
I will NOT risk my medical license for anything! I have worked way too hard. countless sleepless nights, constantly neglecting myself; friends; family; girlfriends, anyone who is a part of my life. I have made way too many sacrifices, not to mention the unsettling amount of loans.
If it wasn't for the limitations and constant legal threats, I would gladly do whatever I can for any patient whether its in public or the hospital. But to throw my career away for one person when I can save thousands more is not a good decision. Sadly, decisions like these shouldn't even exist!!
Doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, all have the skills and knowledge to save lives. So why would they not spring into action if its called for? These people went in to this profession because they want to help, they are not evil people who deserve to die when they are too scared to aid an ailing human being. The problem is not the refusal to help, the problem is the stemming reason of the refusal.
We have lawyers, bureaucrats and medical insurance companies tying our hands behind our back. We want to help, but it is human nature to look out first for oneself. I didn't create this situation the lawyers and bureaucrats did. Tell them to get another profession not me.
[edit on 20-7-2010 by DrChuck]
[edit on 20-7-2010 by DrChuck]