Judge Bans Naming Of Jehovah’s Witness Who Died In Hospital Having Refused Blood Transfusions
26 Feb 2014 Continue reading
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JME; Refusal of potentially life-saving blood transfusions by Jehovah’s Witnesses: should doctors explain that not all JWs think it’s religiously required?
THE WA Department of Health has paid almost $4 million to two Jehovah’s Witnesses, neither of whom is a medical doctor, to roll out a statewide program to cut blood transfusions to thousands of patients being treated in public hospitals.
The Sunday Times can reveal the two men, Axel Hofmann and Shannon Farmer – whose religion is vehemently opposed to blood transfusions – won the lucrative five-year contract in 2008, with an American associate, without having to bid for the job. Continue reading→
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.