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Blood-Transfusion Refusal Dooms Jehovah’s Witness’ Med Mal Suit

During her pregnancy in 2010, 
Seels-Davila indicated in a form signed with Hahnemann that no blood should be administered to her during her hospitalization, in accordance with her religious beliefs, according to Judge Jacqueline O. Shogan’s opinion. When she encountered challenges during labor that led to blood loss, she reiterated verbally and in writing her refusal to accept blood, including telling one doctor she “‘would rather die than receive blood products.'” Her doctors, certain she would die without blood transfusions, sought permission from her family members to do such a procedure and were rebuffed, the opinion said. She died in November 2010.