The issue of Jehovah’s Witnesses medical care has been brought to the forefront in a report by the Commissioner of Administration and Human Rights Elisa Savvidou after a patient requested bloodless surgery.
The issue was brought into the spotlight following a written complaint by a Jehovah’s Witnesses who has been on a public hospital waiting list since 2011, having requested bloodless surgery, which the Cyprus state health system, Savvidou ascertains, is unable to deliver. Continue reading
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A young woman of 19 years in a village in Suceava, who suffered 5 November 1st railway accident and was hospitalized in Suceava County, died Thursday, given that could not be operated because her family from Jehovah’s Witnesses cult, has not agreed to blood transfusion.
Accidentul a avut loc în 5 noiembrie, în comuna suceveană Ciprian Porumbescu, după ce maşina în care se afla tânăra a rămas blocată pe calea ferată şi a fost lovită de locomotiva unui tren. În urma impactului, fata a fost rănită grav, având un traumatism cranio-cerebral, cu edem, fracturi costale care au afectat plămânul stâng, dar şi fracturi de femur la ambele picioare.
Pacienta a fost stabilizată, i-a fost indusă coma şi ar fi urmat să fie supusă unei intervenţii chirurgicale, dar aceasta nu s-a putut face întrucât era necesară transfuzia de sânge cu care familia tinerei, din cultul Martorii lui Iehova, nu a fost de acord.
The accident took place on November 5 in Suceava commune Porumbescu, after the car in which the young are stuck on rails and was struck by a train locomotive. Following impact, the girl was seriously injured with a head trauma, edema, rib fractures that affected the left lung, and femur fractures in both legs.
The patient was stabilized, he was induced coma and would have had to undergo surgery, but this could not be done because blood transfusion was necessary that the young family of Jehovah’s Witnesses cult, did not agree.
An arbitration panel analyzed the patient’s condition and try to talk to the family to persuade her to accept the job, but Thursday afternoon the young woman died, hospital sources said.
In this case, the Ombudsman proceeded ex officio to make an urgent investigation by the Territorial Office Suceava County Hospital “St. John the New “Suceava.
The investigation is considering possible infringement of Articles 22 and 34 of the Constitution concerning the right to life and to physical and mental integrity and the right to health, the release says, it believes that it would have met the mandatory provisions of Articles 15 and 17, par. 1 of Law no. 46/2003 regarding patient rights.
According to these articles, “if the patient requires emergency medical intervention, the consent of the legal representative is not required, and where health providers consider that intervention is in the interest of the patient and representative refuses to give consent The decision is the decline of an arbitration panel specialist “in accordance with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Articles 2, 3 and 4 to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
Sources in Suceava County Hospital management said that the family was not opposed to surgery, only blood transfusion, and that raises religious right to self Suceava doctors sought solutions, including legal, to be able to do the job. Continue reading
Given Dennis’s rough start in life, Diekema said he wondered if Dennis was refusing blood to maintain his relationship with his aunt and his standing in a church community that provided him social support and nurture.
“He may not feel as obligated to make that same decision when he’s 30,” Diekema said.
One afternoon, Lindberg said, she called the oncology ward to speak with Dennis. The nurse who answered the phone told her that Jehovah’s Witnesses sat with Dennis day and night. The nurse said she had heard a Witness tell Dennis that accepting blood would make him unclean.
“Mrs. Lindberg,” the nurse said, “I’m telling you this because I’m a grandmother, and what they’re doing to your grandson is unforgivable.”
Diekema, the ethicist, told me he hoped there wouldn’t be another case like this one.
“A life was extinguished,” he told me when we met at the Starbucks at Children’s. For him that was the bottom line: A kid died when he didn’t have to.
Diekema quoted a U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1944, a case that involved Jehovah’s Witness children: “Parents may be free to become martyrs themselves. But it does not follow they are free, in identical circumstances, to make martyrs of their children.” Continue reading
Teens as young as 12 can make their own medical decisions in certain states.
That’s because of the mature minor doctrine. The doctrine allows teens to get abortions, mental health care and drug treatment without their parents’ permission.
But the doctrine has a flip side: What happens when teens refuse care that would save their lives? Continue reading
OBJECTIVE: To understand the antepartum attitudes toward blood product transfusion among members of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. Continue reading
Misinformation related to Watchtower’s blood transfusion policy is another story. One statistician estimates that at least 50,000 people have died prematurely due this poorly constructed and misguided policy Continue reading
Perhaps patients who are Jehovah’s Witnesses are not making decisions based on faith but instead are making decisions based on fear…..
We are free to refuse consent for medical treatments. The ability to exercise our free will requires a non-coercive environment. Continue reading
Frank M. Brown, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the Asheville (N.C.) VA Medical Center, was sued by a Jehovah’s Witness named William Clinton, who claimed Dr. Brown refused to operate on him and thereby violated his First Amendment right to freedom of religion. Though the case raises some interesting questions, it was dismissed by a U.S. District Court for reasons having little or nothing to do with the religious component. For one, Dr. Brown was protected by the Qualified Immunity Doctrine, which insulates federal employees from personal liability under most circumstances. Also, in the absence of legislative remedies, plaintiffs may sue for constitutional violations involving the Fourth, Fifth and Eighth Amendments, but they can’t do so for First Amendment violations, according to the Supreme Court. Continue reading
We expect surgeons to be as careful as pilots given their life-and-death decision – but it turns out they are anything but.
A heart surgeon’s own heart usually sinks when a Jehovah’s Witness enters the consulting room. A patient who categorically refuses to have a blood transfusion takes one potential safety net away from the operation. Some surgeons flatly refuse to operate on these patients, and most would refuse if they considered it likely that the proposed operation would result in excess bleeding. Continue reading