Couple years back I recall readina ashocking story about a man who was killed by being crushed between the cars of a train. At least, I think it was the cars of a train, maybe just cars…it doesn’t matter, this is the tale and the question:
The guy was crushed low in the abdomen, completely destroyed below the waist. But he did not die immediately, and he was conscious, trapped between the two cars. It was determined that if the cars were separated, he would die within a few minutes because his lower half was essentially gone, and the only thing keeping him alive were the cars, which basically prevented him from bleeding to death. According to what I read, his wife was fetched to come and say goodbye to him.
Now, here’s the question:
If this story is true (and I seem to recall it came from a reputable source) what the hell did they do? Just wait for the guy to die from having a crushed abdomen, which could take…I don’t know how long…hours? Did they pump him with drugs? Did he say goodbye to his wife and then ask them to separate the cars to let him die?
Whether that story is true or not, if something like that happened, what would be the procedure? Is it possible that someone’s lower body could be thusly destroyed, yet held together, leaving them alive but unable to be moved for * days * ? Are there rules for this kinda thing? Would it be illegal/unethical to remove a person from such a predicament, knowing it would kill them quick? Are we forced to let them die slow? Or would separating the cars be the equivalent of “shutting off life support”?
who is morbidly fascinated by such things