During a mission abroad, a soldier is seriously wounded by the explosion of an IED. His injuries are life-threatening and the personal medical would have to perform a long and difficult surgery to try to save the soldier's life.
Resources, however, are scarce and in addition the doctors assume that the wounded soldier will have a poor quality of life if he eventually survives the surgery.
Source: Adapted from Rochon, Christiane (2014): La bioéthique et les conflits armées : la réflexion éthique des médecins militaires. (http://hdl.handle.net/1866/12293), page 144.
Questions for the discussion of this scenario
1. Should the medical personnel make every effort to save the life of the wounded soldier even though he will a porr quality of life?