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I'm linking an international story that is really thought provoking.
A woman pregnant with twins comes upon a drowning toddler who she realizes is in great distress. The water is very cold and the child is turning blue.
Here is where I would ask you, what would you do?
The pregnant woman jumps into the water (admittedly unable to swim herself) and saves the child. She said there was no one else around at all. The child just had moments of survival left.
With the rescue, the pregnant woman in turns needs to be rescued and removed from the water herself. Luckily after saving the child, people do turn up and help lift the woman to safety.
Some say she's a hero but others think she put her own unborn children at risk with little thought to them.
Would you think with your mind or belly first?
Is this woman a hero to you, or foolish?
In my opinon, I would have done the same thing as her. I could'nt just sit back and watch a child die.
I agree with Tiffany!
I too agree. I understand the risks to mom and unborn babies but I simply could not watch a child die, nor could I walk away, even to get help, and risk the child dying.
It is a tough decision for most, but I could not watch a child die like that. I wouldn't be able to live with myself. This lady gets condemned on for putting her unborn twin in harms way, but if she sat there and did nothing she would be condemned for letting the child die. Had she sat back and did nothing there's a chance they would find a charge and charge her with a crime or even be sued by that child's family.
I'm glad to see 4 others with my train of thought. I understand a public concern for this expecting mom but, ridicule? No way. This woman is a hero.
Absolutely could this have been dangerous to a pregnant woman. But I know I would not have taken the time to even think, "Hmmmm? Let me see, I'm pregnant, how will this effect me?"
Instinct would be in over-drive. Child drowning. Get Child. That's all I could compute.
And Tabby, if this instance was in America and the woman didn't save the child, you bring up a valid point. A lawsuit could be an outcome.
First of all, I would have almost certainly done the same thing.
I know that I wouldn't have considered the theoretical risks to unborn twins as more important than the certainty of the toddler in front of me drowning.
I don't understand how, as the article states, simply walking is a risk for a 6 and a half-month pregnant woman, even with twins. Also, I don't understand why the cold water would be more risky.
Really, though, the only truly risky part is the fact that she couldn't swim and there was no one close by to help her - but if they had been there to help, they would have been the ones to jump in, meaning we would never have had this discussion. And it doesn't say how deep the water was. If it was so deep as to be such a major risk of drowning to her, then chances are she wouldn't have been able to save the toddler at all, right?
Water too cold, or too hot for that matter, can be very risky for an expecting mother. Those types of elements can alter the body temperature of mom and the children inutero. Long term exposure to temperature change can be dangerous to the child/ren and mom.
And Christie there are some unanswered questions within this story and probably translation issues, too, considering it's an international story. Even considering, I was surprised a little this woman received so much backlash for saving a child. I felt the premise was still chat worthy.
I've heard of the dangers of water too hot, but never too cold. Of course, I have always been a hot-water kind of person myself, and so never really considered cold water to be a risk...never had reason to research it, either, living in Florida and all:) Without that research, however, it would seem to me that it would take a certain amount of time in a cold temperature to lower a woman's core temperature enough to affect the fetus, or fetuses in her case. Long-term exposure, I would imagine, is the biggest thing there - and how long is more information the story doesn't really provide...one of the many downfalls of news articles.
It is surprising, like you said, that she received so much backlash - not not really, in retrospect. As pretty much EVERY SINGLE woman who is or has ever been pregnant probably knows, once you've got a "bun in the oven," a surprisingly large percentage of the population feels they suddenly have the authority and right to judge what you eat, what you wear, how and how much you exercise, and pretty much every single other decision you every make - whether they know you or not...
And yes, totally chat-worthy subject :)