A teenage Jehovah’s Witness crushed by a car as it crashed into a West Midlands shop is thought to have died after refusing a blood transfusion.
Joshua McAuley, 15, was airlifted to hospital from the incident in Smethwick on Saturday but died later that day.
Elder at Smethwick’s Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Clive Parker said Joshua, who worshipped there, had “made a stand on the blood issue”.
A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on Thursday.
Joshua is believed to have told doctors at Selly Oak Hospital not to give him a blood transfusion on religious grounds.
NOTICE OF RETRACTION The following article from Anaesthesia, ‘Safety of cardiac surgery without blood transfusion: a retrospective study in Jehovah’s Witness patients’, by El Azab SR, Vrakking R, Verhage [sic] G and Rosseel PMJ, published online in Wiley Online Library (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2044.2009.06232.x/full) on 17 March 2010 and in Volume 65, Number 4, pages 348-52, has been retracted by agreement between three of the named authors (R Vrakking, G Verhaegh and PMJ Rosseel), the Journal Editor-in-Chief, Steve Yentis, and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. The retraction has been agreed following confirmation by the Amphia Hospital Ethics Committee that the study did not have ethical approval as claimed. In addition, the article was written and submitted without the knowledge or consent of R Vrakking, G Verhaegh and PMJ Rosseel. It has not been possible to obtain a response from the corresponding author SR El Azab. Continue reading