If the process of becoming undead involves a spread of bacteria/virus via the bloodstream of the afflicted, then it might not turn the child with the setup they have there, since the blood of mother and child doesn’t directly mingle.
Ignoring moral and legal dilemmas there could very well be a technical one.
So, since bodily functions seem to mostly stop once someone becomes undead (unconfirmed), the mother will turn but the baby will remain alive, but since bodily functions have largely ceased, the baby would no longer be supplied with nutrients from the mother and would then starve to death? Or maybe die from the womb going cold.
“Ignoring moral and legal dilemmas there could very well be a technical one.”
Pretty apt. They don’t really understand the condition enough to treat it. Turning the person away flat isn’t the best option either, of course. Ideally when someone comes to you for help your moral obligation should be to do some digging and figure out the best way to help them. That starts with understanding their problem, in this case clinically.
This is…honestly a really interesting moral/legal/ethical debate. I love it!
I also have a closely-guarded theory…but I enjoy searching for loopholes.
If the mother were to be bitten during/right before childbirth, the birth could kill the mother and save the child, while the zombie-ism would revive the mother. I suspect you’d want to limit any bacterial exposure to the child.
Sounds like they’re not equipped for what’s necessary, but it could potentially work.
Ooooo now it is getting interesting. The whole point of living is to grow. Is she selfish to want a baby to be a zombie just because she wants to be around when the baby is born? She is denying the child life. Real life. Do zomby babies even grow? Do their brains develop? If she wants to live, then she needs to abort the child. Doing it her way means the baby is dead anyway.
yeah idk why she just doesn’t deliver early, and go be a zombie after
Because the doc’s are saying either she or the baby will die. She simply CAN’T just deliver and then turn zombie. It’s an even greater risk.
When that is said it is normally a case of she won’t survive carrying to term. If they prematurely deliver as close to term as possible there is a chance the baby could live and then turn her after.
At 6 months the odds for the baby are not good though. 7-8 months would greatly improve the odds.
Premature delivery is risky and the child will be in the NICU for months.
As stated earlier in the strip the hospitals don’t care for zombies. Once she is turned they classify her as legally dead so the baby will go into foster care or to a living relative.
somethings fishy.. at first the pregnant lady seemed worried about money, and now she has a ton of it?
Maybe at first she assumed they would do it, and was therefore concerned with things such as money, but when she realized they wouldn’t she became desperate? I can’t really see why everyone’s against this woman.
It just occurred to me that once that people are turned, all their tissues die and all bodily functions stop, so, in other words, if the baby were to be turned, he would never grow up?
Exactly what I think!
This was my main thought. Even if the baby *could* turn with the mother, the zombification presented in the comic states that the tissue is dead- he would be stuck as an infant forever.
So here’s my two cents; this nameless woman wanted to zombify so that she might meet her unborn child, whom the doctors say could not be carried to term safely. She either assumed that being dead would erase the problem of safety being an issue, or she knew that it would cause problems with the pregnancy and allow her to see the kid with her own two eyes.
Now, let’s think about how this would actually affect the kid. It’s flat out stated in the prologue to this chapter that you have to die before you go zombie. This would *kill* the fetus. Unless the fetus is viable (which I doubt given that she’s seeking a second opinion in the form of James’ clinic), her death would kill the fetus within minutes due to the umbilical cord no longer supplying the fetus with oxygenated blood- it would essentially suffocate.
Even if it did survive and zombify by some medical miracle, than its tissues would be dead and it would be stuck as an infant forever since, due to the dead tissue, it could not grow.
“sometimes you have to play the monster…” all too true.
I’m so sorry for leaving so many comments in my first sitting, but this is such a brilliantly executed story complication. The ethical/legal dilemma alone… You guys don’t pull punches. And I mean that as a compliment!
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