Tonight’s episode of House was really moving. One story of the 3-story arc (ever notice most TV shows follow this structure?) was that of a husband and a wife who’s 28 weeks into her pregnancy. She’s 39 and this is her last chance to have a baby. But she has accelerated lung cancer.
She needs to undergo chemo and radio-therapy. To not kill the baby, it has to be delivered prematurely via caesarean section. The wife wants to wait: the baby is more important to her. The husband disagrees: his wife is more important to him and if she waits, the cancer would definitely kill her. If the baby is born prematurely at least they both have a chance to live. So the decision see-sawed throughout the episode. And in the end, she died and the baby lived.
I notice that one element of all good dramas is their ability to pose dilemmas that cause you to think: what would I do in that situation? Me? I would have been like the husband and tried to save my wife. Having a child of my own blood is not that important to me. I can always adopt. Then again I’m not a woman so I will never ever understand the ticking of the biological clock.
What would you do?