(Original post by red_roadkill)
Right I'll throw some more information into the pan, to see what people would argue:
1. The young female Junior Doctor has terminal cancer, but it is progessing at a slow rate and as she responded well to chemotherapy, theres no telling how long she may live - it could be 6 months, could be 6 years. Her specialist cannot say for certain.
2. The young man's previous convictions weren't serious and all occurred during his youth, 16-19 years of age. The most recent charge brought against him (manslaughter) is because he accidentily knocked down a young child playing dangerously (unsupervised) on the road. The child died.
3. The handicapped child is severely handicapped, with a mental age of a 6-year-old.
It's hard... I suppose that you would have to go for the person whom has the most to live for, with regard to other people (i.e. who will they affect fod good/bad). The doctor IS dieing, and discounting the whole "anyone could walk out in front of a bus" philosopy, will die soon. A similar idea exists for the nun... and although she wishes to find God, can she not do that in the boat?
The child and the young man are both harder to discount... The mans convictions do not seem to be dents upon his integrity... People all make mistakes as a teenager: it's part of growing up. Also, accidents can happen to the best of people... especially when cars are involved. In addition to this, there is his family to consider. The child does have a severe dissability, however does this mean that they cannot ever go on to influence people in such a way that they will, in future, feel the same about him as the young mans family do about him...
Assuming that only one can be saved, i would have to say the child... he may be severely dissabled, but does that mean he cannot make a mark on the lives of people in the way the young man has? The young man has had children, and loved and been loved... Yes, not for as long as it would have been hoped, but he has done so nonetheless... What I'm Trying to say is that he's made an impact. The child has not had the chance, and the dissability will not stop him being loved, of making an impact on people... Surely, despite the dissability, he should be allowed the chance???
So, the kid... I think...