Blood transfusions are a common and often lifesaving procedure. However, some groups, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, forbid blood transfusions on religious grounds. Recently, the Royal College of Surgeons issued new guidelines on what to do when a person rejects a transfusion based on religious belief. However, these guidelines need further clarification to make it easier for surgeons to act fully in line with developments in English law when it comes to children. Continue reading
A Washington state appeals court ruled Tuesday that an anesthesiologist didn’t breach the standard of care by not requiring a technician to reconnect a contaminated cell saver machine to a Jehovah’s Witness patient, who later died after losing nearly half of her blood in surgery.
Dr. Mark Morehart had been behind a surgical curtain when a suction tube meant to draw blood from a patient, recycle it and re-infuse it into the body fell out of the sterile field and onto the floor during a surgery to remove a tumor from Angela Baumgartner’s kidney, according to the decision. Continue reading
Vi godtar ikke forhåndserklæringer. Pasienten må være samtykkekompetent i det aktuelle øyeblikket for å kunne nekte å motta blodoverføring, sier Per Engstrand, fagdirektør ved Sørlandet sykehus.
We do not accept advance declarations. The patient must be competent to give consent in that particular moment to refuse blood transfusion, says Per Engstrand, Director at Southern hospitals.
A two year-old boy with failing health can receive blood treatment despite the reluctance of his parents, the High Court has ruled.
In An NHS Foundation Trust v T, the youngster, referred to as ‘Child T’, had an abnormally low blood platelet (cell) count which doctors believed was related to problems with his bone marrow. As a result he had fallen ill and regularly required hospital treatment. Continue reading
Family and friends of 26-year-old Éloïse Dupuis gathered Saturday to remember a young woman whose death has sparked a movement.
The Laval event had all the features of a memorial with its candles, tributes, songs and photos. Behind it all, however, was an unmistakable sense of political urgency.
Dupuis’s aunt Manon Boyer wants Quebec’s Civil Code amended to prevent a further tragedy like the death of her Jehovah’s Witness niece. She repeated that call on Saturday, as did others in attendance. Continue reading
Calls to reform Quebec’s Civil Code are mounting in response to the death of Éloïse Dupuis, a 26-year-old Jehovah’s Witness woman, six days after she gave birth in October.
Dupuis’s refusal of an emergency blood transfusion to treat a hemorrhage led her aunt, Manon Boyer, to call for changes to the law that would allow staff at Quebec hospitals to administer life-saving treatment in such circumstances. Continue reading
Yet the Watchtower Society – which governs adherents – adopts and encourages behavior that raises questions about whether many Jehovah’s Witnesses may express an enlightened and free decision about blood transfusions.
Writing anonymously because of their fear of losing family and friends, some Jehovah’s Witnesses have taken to the internet to expose the pressure applied to followers to comply with the ban against blood transfusions. Continue reading
Nhandi Ashley’s religion opposes the care little Deyanta requires
In an unusual custody battle playing out in Milwaukee, a mother is fighting to direct her baby’s health care, but the state argues her religious beliefs are putting her infant at risk.
Nhandi Ashley’s son Deyanta was three months premature and has been in intensive care since his birth Sept. 8. The day after his birth, Ashley said a child protective services worker came to her hospital room and informed her that her son needed a blood transfusion.
Jehovah’s Witnesses facing the decision of whether to receive a blood transfusion are in no position to make a free and informed refusal of the procedure, alleges former Witness Lawrence Hughes.
Hughes’s 16-year-old daughter Bethany was the focus of a high-profile court battle in 2002 in Calgary, Alta., over her refusal to accept blood transfusions after being diagnosed with leukemia. Continue reading